Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste Among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the U.S.
The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest, drawn by the strong U.S. economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation.
But because of language, credential recognition, and other barriers many of these highly skilled, college-educated immigrants cannot fully contribute their academic and professional training and skills once in the United States. As a result they work in low-skilled jobs or cannot find a job – a phenomenon known as brain waste.
IMPRINT, World Education Services (WES), New American Economy (NAE), and Migration Policy Institute (MPI) present the key findings from the first-ever U.S. estimates of the economic costs of this skill underutilization for immigrants, their families, and the U.S. economy.
White House Convening Addresses Credentialing and Licensing Barriers Facing Skilled Immigrants
On June 29th, the White House Task Force on New Americans hosted the first-ever National Skills and Credential Institute. The Institute provided 18 delegations from 17 states the opportunity to share current best practices and to develop tools and resources to address credentialing and licensing issues that skilled immigrant and refugee professionals confront when seeking to enter the workforce
Steps to Success Webinar Series:
Helping Immigrants Build Social Capital to Achieve Professional Success
This webinar examines research findings on the value of building social capital and provide participants with an in-depth look at two innovative programs that are addressing this challenge in their work with skilled immigrants in the U.S. and Canada.
IMPRINT Statement on WE Global Network Joint Day of Action
April 12, 2016 – READ OUR FULL STATEMENT
Seeking Responses for Mapping Project
We’re developing a first-of-its-kind map of the programs and services available nationwide to foreign-educated immigrant and refugee professionals. – TAKE THE SURVEY
Final WIOA state plan requirements have been posted
IMPRINT worked with the New York Immigration Coalition to draft these comments, which we’ve submitted to the New York State Department of Labor. Read the group’s WIOA comments and please let us know if your state plans to address these issues.
Research Report & Webinar:
Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States
IMPRINT and WES Global Talent Bridge are proud to present our new report on the factors influencing the successful integration of immigrant of professionals into the U.S. workforce. REPORT & WEBINAR.
Unpacking WIOA: 2-pager, Comments & More (07/02/2015)
On July 1st, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) takes effect! Does WIOA create an opportunity to improve services to immigrant professionals? Find out the answers in our new summary publication. Learn more about WIOA here.
IMPRINT : Immigrant Professional Integration
The United States continues to be a beacon attracting immigrants from around the world. Many of these are highly educated with in-demand skills.
They come by a variety of means, including marriage to US citizens, winning the Diversity Visa lottery, direct investment, or being granted refugee or asylee status. Such New Americans are work authorized and here to stay.
Yet for a surprising number, their American Dream is deferred by multiple challenges to rebuilding their careers in the US. The taxi driver who was a scientist “back home;” the nanny earning poverty-level wages while her international nursing degree collects dust on her dresser.
Most of the challenges to re-entering the professional workforce can be overcome, as the member organizations of IMPRINT have proven in our more than 40 years of collective experience. This consortium represents practitioners leading the US in the new field of high skilled immigrant workforce integration.
We connect this untapped talent pool with resources and employers for the benefit of all.
We hope you will learn more about these issues by exploring the site. Lend your voice to ours as we reach out to government, business and other practitioners with our proven, innovative models. And please join our mailing list for updates. Thank you!
The IMPRINT Team
Imagine a doctor working as a dishwasher, or an engineer driving a taxicab.
Unfortunately, these people aren’t imaginary – they represent the more than 2.7 million across the US who are unemployed or work in jobs far below their capacity.
Their under-employment has high costs for their families and communities. When these talented workers are unable to apply their international education and training to work in the United States, they face low wages, while the broader community suffers a tremendous waste of human capital.
But what if a Kenyan nurse or a Ukrainian engineer is able to practice his or her profession in the United States? The benefits are remarkable! Higher wages allow them to provide for their families, while increasing their contributions to tax revenue. Entry-level jobs are freed up for workers who are just beginning their careers, and employers benefit from skilled workers in high-demand professions.
So how do we get there? Click here to learn more.