IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

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IMPRINT Launches First Policy Map!

This map is the first of its kind to track state legislation related to occupational licensing and other policies likely to impact career opportunities for foreign-trained immigrants and refugees. The map includes descriptions of pending and enacted legislation along with links to the bills themselves. It was produced in support of policymakers, practitioners and advocates working to reduce brain waste.

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SIGN-ON CAMPAIGN:

Please join IMPRINT’s campaign to promote economic integration among immigrants and refugees who are working to use their talents in the United States.

Now more than ever, our work must speak to the value of fully integrating immigrants and refugees. To this end, we’re advancing a set of five principles to serve as a foundation from which our movement can grow.

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POLICY BRIEF:
Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste Among Highly Skilled Immigrants in the U.S.


The UCost of Brainwaste report covernited 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.

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IMPRINT : Immigrant Professional Integration

Welcome!

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 IMPRINT Team

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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