IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
State level Offices for New Americans, all with strong mandates for immigrant and refugee inclusion, are becoming more common across the nation. A range of issues is driving the creation of these offices, including humanitarian concerns and a recognition of the value of cultural diversity, with economic development imperatives and workforce needs across skill levels […]
Facing projected doctor shortages and disparities in access to high-quality healthcare, states are increasingly taking steps to capitalize on the talent within their immigrant communities. This year, measures were introduced in Arkansas, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington State. Arkansas Earlier this year, Arkansas passed a bill adding fellowships as a method for international medical graduates to […]
Ample evidence shows that apprenticeships can help match the skills of workers with the needs of employers. When paired with additional training through pre-apprenticeship programs, apprenticeships and other work-based learning models have also proven to be effective tools for helping to reduce barriers to employment for work-authorized immigrants and refugees who have education and experience […]
In March we highlighted advocacy efforts in local communities working to integrate immigrant professionals. This month we call attention to a federal policy initiative that could lead to a new career pathway for highly educated immigrants and refugees. In 2018 the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, also known as […]
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
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.