IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

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Immigrant Professional Integration Emerges as Common Theme in 2019 State Legislative Sessions

March 11th, 2019

2019 is off to a promising start in the field of skilled immigrant integration with six states seeking to address barriers to employment for internationally-trained professionals. Last year, six states, California, Idaho, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, and Vermont authorized measures addressing brain waste. These new measures, together with the policies enacted last year, show an […]

IMPRINT Policy Map: Integrating Internationally-Trained Immigrants

August 1st, 2018

A Powerful Tool for Advocates, Practitioners, and Policymakers In 2017, IMPRINT launched the first-of-its-kind interactive map to track state and federal policies from 2014 to the present. The map tracks current and pending legislation and other policies designed to help internationally-trained professionals rejoin their professions, or access other skilled occupations once in the U.S. The […]

Spotlight on Occupational Licensing Reforms

April 25th, 2018

More than 1.9 million immigrants and refugees – talented individuals who arrive in the U.S. having already completed extensive education, job training, or work experience abroad – are unemployed or underemployed, owing to a variety of factors, one of which is the cumbersome licensing processes that create barriers for them. Licensing requirements that prevent qualified […]

Integrating Immigrant and Refugee Nurses: A Look at Successful Models in the U.S.

March 27th, 2018

As the United States faces an increasingly aging population and its current nursing workforce ages into retirement, the demand for nurses is expected to be acutely felt in some regions of the country, particularly in rural communities where many patients already must travel long distances for care. According to the American Nurses Association, approximately 690,000 […]

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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