California To ‘Expedite’ Processing of Refugees Over Americans for Pharmacist Licensing

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Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration has issued a policy requiring the California State Board of Pharmacy to expedite refugees applying to become pharmacists.

Under the new policy, immigrant refugees who hope to become pharmacists will now have an easier time, due to a change at the California Department of Consumer Affairs.

According to the “Pharmacist Examination for Licensure Applications” instructions, those seeking to work as a pharmacist must pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE).


The policy states that applicants should expect the application review process to take thirty days:

“To be licensed in California as a pharmacist, you must pass the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) and the California Practice Standards and Jurisprudence Examination for Pharmacists (CPJE).

“To be made eligible to sit for the NAPLEX and/or CPJE, the California State Board of Pharmacy (Board) must determine that you have met all the requirements for examination.”

The policy warns applicants that the application review process could take thirty days to complete before moving on.

However, the new policy being enacted speeds up the review process for foreign refugees who wish to become American pharmacists:

“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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.”
  2. Gov. Newsom has welcomed refugees into California since taking office in 2019, including those escaping the disastrous withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan last year. At the time, Newsom called California a “state of refuge”:“We’re a state of refuge. I’m proud of the fact (that) over the last decade, California has taken in more refugees than any other state in America, and I’m proud of the fact a disproportionate number of Afghani refugees are here in Northern California, not just here in the south, but also up in Sacramento County.

     “We’re already working in terms of a lot of those refugees coming in and working with CBOs and non-profit organizations to make sure that they feel welcome and celebrated as members of our community.”

    Newsom successfully fought a recall election in 2021 over his strict COVID-19 restrictions.

    Who in their right mind would want to live in a state where the governor prioritizes everyone and everything else over the lives of longstanding, legal residents?

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