IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

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Connect with IMPRINT at NIIC:
Fixing Brain Waste: What Two New Studies Tell Us (12/13/2015)

In conjunction with WES Global Talent Bridge and the Partnership for a New American Economy, IMPRINT is having a special session at the National Immigrant Integration Conference on Sunday, Dec. 13th from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Learn more about our session here.

Research Report & Webinar:
Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States (09/23/2015)

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. Download the report and watch the webinar here.

Get a Sneak Peek at Findings from IMPRINT’s Survey of College-Educated Immigrants (08/03/2015)

You can get an early look at our findings in this special upcoming webinar featuring lead researcher Jim Witte of the Institute for Immigration Research at George Mason University. Jim will provide a practical overview of the study’s methodology and approach. He’ll also share intriguing nuggets from our groundbreaking survey, which drew on feedback from more than 4,000 college-educated immigrants in six metropolitan areas. Learn more.

Unpacking WIOA: New 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


immigrant professional woman doctor 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 Challenge

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.

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