IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

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Steps to Economic Integration: How the Federal Government Can Promote Inclusion for Immigrants and Refugees

September 30th, 2020

Ensuring that immigrants and refugees reach their professional and educational goals in the United States is crucial to the vitality of local communities and the overall economy, especially during the current critical period of economic recovery. A robust national immigrant and refugee integration strategy will pave the way for professional advancement opportunities for immigrants and […]

Bipartisan Bill to Study Barriers to Employment for Immigrants and Refugees with International Credentials Introduced in Congress

August 19th, 2020

On August 14, Rep. John Katko [R-NY-24] and Rep. Ben McAdams [D-UT-4] introduced H.R.8046, the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act of 2020. This bill, if passed, would direct the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct an interagency study on factors that impact U.S. employment opportunities for immigrants and refugees with professional credentials from […]

Generating Long-Term Change Through Effective Legislation

June 12th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the existing strains on the U.S. health care system and underscored the critical need to integrate qualified immigrants and refugees into the health workforce.  Across the country, an estimated 263,000 immigrants and refugees with health care training are unable to obtain licensure in the U.S.  Of these, 165,000 people earned their credentials outside the U.S. but must meet onerous, time-consuming, and costly requirements, including […]

Executive Orders in Several States Open Doors for Internationally Trained Healthcare Professionals to Put Their Life-Saving Skills to Use

April 20th, 2020

In response to urgent healthcare staffing shortages in this time of critical need, IMPRINT members have been working with governors across the country to bolster the pipeline of healthcare workers available to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Data shows a robust talent pool of internationally trained healthcare professionals is poised to contribute their life-saving skills. According to the […]

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.

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