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  • Great English classes could bring a high-skilled immigrant from dishwasher back to doctor, and bring his bilingual-bicultural skills to patients who need them.
    Great English classes could bring a high-skilled immigrant from dishwasher back to doctor, and bring his bilingual-bicultural skills to patients who need them.
    College-educated immigrants with low English skills are twice as likely to be underemployed - Migration Policy Institute
  • New Americans are closing employers' high-skill gaps and keeping cities vibrant.
    New Americans are closing employers' high-skill gaps and keeping cities vibrant.
    Nearly half of the nations largest metro areas attract 25% more college-educated immigrants than immigrants without a high school diploma - The Brookings Institution
  • A skilled immigrant can provide a better future for her children and the economy. Success shouldn't have to skip a generation!
    A skilled immigrant can provide a better future for her children and the economy. Success shouldn't have to skip a generation!
    Almost 17 million children live in immigrant families. Successful, integrated immigrant parents raise children with greater academic achievement and psychological and physical well-being. - Peabody Journal of Education, Future of Children, Russell Sage Foundation
  • A New American entering into a higher-skilled job pays more taxes; her old job can then be filled by a person with the right skill-set.
    A New American entering into a higher-skilled job pays more taxes; her old job can then be filled by a person with the right skill-set.
    If just 5% of the 2.7 million underutilized immigrant professionals could find $35,000 a year jobs, it would generate $6 billion in taxes over a 5-year period.
  • A civil engineer parking cars for a living? The careers of skilled immigrants can stall without the right orientation to the U.S. professional job search.
    A civil engineer parking cars for a living? The careers of skilled immigrants can stall without the right orientation to the U.S. professional job search.
    22% of immigrants with at least a Bachelor's degree are employed in low-skilled jobs; another 20% work in jobs that require only an Associates degree. - Migration Policy Institute

Latest News

New! 2-page summary on Sparking Economic Development by Investing in Skilled Immigrants (4/23/2014)

 This new publication highlights two new regional initiatives that integrate international talent into local economic development goals.

New! IMPRINT featured in NationSwell: Why Should Americans Care About Employing Immigrants? (4/18/2014)

This new article draws attention to and tackles the question of why we should care about brain waste and what we can do about it.

2-page summary on Alternative Careers for Skilled Immigrants (4/10/2014)

 This new publication offers advice for practitioners on when and how to help immigrant professionals choose alternative career paths in the US. 

Webinar recording on skilled immigrant research is now available  (4/1/2014)

 Learn about the latest research on skilled immigrant success and how they can be used to inform services for skilled immigrants.

 Alll materials from Alternative Careers for Skilled Immigrants are now available (3/5/2014)

Designed specifically for practitioners, this webinar gives practical advice on when it makes sense to start a new career and how to find local opportunities.

Recording from Skilled Immigrant Integration Around the Globe is now available  (2/22/2014)

Featuring Peter Paul and Kim Turner from Maytree, this webinar looks at how other countries are integrating immigrant talent, and how the US can adapt similar practices.

Welcome!

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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

 

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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 immigrant professionals 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.

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bicultural immigrant professional woman-2 IMPRINT is a coalition of organizations active in the emerging field of immigrant professional integration.

IMPRINT works closely with business, government, higher education and other partners to raise awareness about the talents and contributions of immigrant professionals.

In particular, IMPRINT works to streamline complex professional licensing and re-credentialing processes, and advocate for the adoption of policies and best practices that facilitate the rapid integration of these skilled workers.

Mission:

To identify and promote best practices in the integration of immigrant professionals. IMPRINT supports national, state and local efforts to incorporate multilingual/multicultural talent, and to create and implement policies and best practices that support the successful integration of skilled immigrants into the US economy. Through its member organizations, IMPRINT also supports the direct provision of career and re-credentialing services to workers.

Vision:

IMPRINT envisions a United States which actively welcomes internationally educated skilled workers, and recognizes these talented individuals as vital colleagues, neighbors and fellow citizens.

 

IMPRINT members draw on specialized knowledge to guide work-authorized immigrants in applying their international postsecondary education and professional experience to careers in the US. Member organizations include practitioners, educators, researchers, and policy professionals.

IMPRINT members provide a wide range of services to immigrant professionals, including:

  • Credential evaluation
  • Soft-skills and specialized technical training
  • Educational advising
  • English language instruction
  • Professional acculturation
  • Employment placement
  • Networking skills
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