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New York opens thousands of temporary government jobs to migrants

Hochul stressed that "these are all legal people" who will be able to apply for the positions.

Published: February 6, 2024 9:49am

New York is allowing migrants with federal work authorization to apply for thousands of temporary government jobs, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul said.

New York is now the first U.S. state to loosen requirements for migrants to apply to government jobs, per Politico

"I have 10,000 openings in the New York State workforce," Hochul said last week, according to New York's Spectrum News. "These are all legal people."

In addition to allowing non-citizens to apply for the positions, Hochul is also easing requirements such as education qualifications, English language proficiency and certification. 

Hochul is looking at filling about 4,000 entry-level positions in state agencies, including clerical positions as well as those in technical support, repair and food service.

"I’m anxious to get this moving quickly," Hochul said during a press conference in Albany last week. "When we get them approved, we can get them matched to jobs."

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