Currently, under the 2011 H.B. 87 immigration law, all applicants for licensure have to submit proof of U.S. citizenship, whether it is a first time application or a renewal.
The Office of Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp reported that this requirement translated to five times longer wait periods affecting all state licensed professionals, such as electricians, contractors, or nurses.
The new legislation, H.B. 32, requires the proof of citizenship to be submitted just once, and the following renewals would not require it.
At this time, the Secretary of State website has a red-lettered warning for all professionals, announcing that wait times for license renewal have extended because right now there are 113,000 professionals with pending applications.