Gavin Newsom Creates Special Policy for Refugees Who Want to Be Pharmacists

The California State Board of Pharmacy with Gov. Newsome at the helm has created a fast track for foreign refugees who want to work in the pharmaceutical field.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Immigrant refugees who hope to be a pharmacist will now have an easier time, due to a change at the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
  • A special policy is being put into place that speeds up the review process for foreign refugees who wish to become American pharmacists, according to The National File.
  • Previously, all pharmacists had to pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) as well as the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE).
  • Traditional applications were expected to allow the Board 30 days to process the application, according to the California State Board of Pharmacy
  • However, the new rule allows for that process to be sped up if documentation of refugee status is offered with the application.
WHAT THE AMENDED RULE STATES:
  • REFUGEE EXPEDITE: The Board will expedite the review of an application that meets one of the following criteria (A, B, or C). Please attach one of the items listed under acceptable documentation. 
  • A. You were admitted to the United States as a refugee pursuant to section 1157 of title 8 of the United States Code;
  • B. You were granted asylum by the Secretary of Homeland Security or the United States Attorney General pursuant to section 1158 of title 8 of the United States Code; or,
  • C. You have a special immigrant visa and were granted a status pursuant to section 1244 of Public Law 110-181, Public Law 109-163, or section 602(b) of title VI of division F of Public Law 111-8, relating to Iraqi and Afghan translators/interpreters or those who worked for or on behalf of the United States government.”
BACKGROUND:
  • Newsome’s official policy has been consistently pro-immigrant with the governor saying in August of last year that “we’re a state of refuge,” according to Breitbart News.
  • Newsome made his statements during the height of the push to recall him from office and stated that he was “proud” of the fact that “California has taken in more refugees than any other state in America,” according to ABC7.