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2023 Teacher Credentialing: Teacher Preparation - Legislative Report

Executive summary of the 2023 Teacher Credentialing: Teacher Preparation Outside of the United States and H-1B Work Visas

California Department of Education
Report to the Legislature: Teacher Credentialing: Teacher Preparation Outside of the United States and H-1B Work Visas

Executive Summary

This report is required by California Education Code Section 44275.6. This statute was added by Assembly Bill 681 (Chapter 199, Statutes of 2017), which created a pathway for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to determine whether the national teaching credential standards of another country are equivalent to United States/California standards in order to expedite the credentialing process for out-of-country prepared teacher candidates. This report summarizes the H-1B work visa data collected annually from school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools. These data include the number of teacher visa applications for persons excluded from the term “immigrant” for purposes of the federal Immigration and Nationality Act (Section 1101 of Title 8 of United States Code) pursuant to Section 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) of Title 8 of United States Code.

This report contains the H-1B work visa data from the 2022–23 school year provided by California local educational agencies (LEAs). The H-1B Federal Program was created to assist employers who cannot otherwise obtain needed skills and aptitudes from the United States workforce by sanctioning the temporary employment of experienced individuals who are not otherwise permitted to work in the United States. 1 California LEAs epitomize the type of employer that may benefit from this federal program.

In 2022−23, 73 LEAs submitted a request for H-1B teacher work visas in California. A total of 223 work visas were requested by LEAs, and 193 work visas were granted. Only 30 requests for H-1B teacher work visas were denied in 2022−23. Similar to the prior year (2021−22), the majority of submissions were generated by school districts.

Specifically, in 2022−23, school districts accounted for 44 out of the 73 LEAs that requested teacher work visas.

You will find this report on the California Department of Education Recruiting Teachers of Color web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ee/divteachrecruit.asp. If you have any questions or need a copy of this report, please contact Alexis Clift, Education Programs Consultant, Teacher and Leader Policy Office, at 916-319-0452 or aclift@cde.ca.gov.

Report to the Govenor and Legislature (DOCX)

Footnotes

1 H-1B Program: Overview External link opens in new window or tab.. U.S. Department of Labor: Wage and Hour Division.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 5, 2023