IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration

IMPRINT Program Map Network Page

We’re committed to providing members of the IMPRINT Program Map with the most up-to-date events, webinars, resources, and research to support their work with skilled immigrants.

This page will be updated quarterly for your convenience. Past updates will be stored in the repository on the bottom of the page. For questions or concerns, please email Sylvia Rusin at [email protected].

Special Announcements

New Programs on the IMPRINT Program Map:
Seven new programs have joined the map since January 2020. A special welcome to our new friends in:


Boston, MA: BRIDGE program at Boston University School of Social Work

New York, NY: The Center for New Immigrant Education at The English Language Institute

Columbia, MD: English for Careers at Howard Community College

Memphis, TN: Career Connections at HopeWorks

St. Louis, MO: Refugee Career Pathways at the International Institute of St. Louis and Immigrant Career Pathways at the International Institute of St. Louis

Minneapolis, MN: IMG Program (BRIIDGE) at the University of Minnesota

WES Global Talent Bridge is looking for Peer Reviewers for our new Finance, Medicine, and Social Work Pathways E-Guides:

WES Global Talent Bridge has produced several e-guides in various industries that provide guidance to internationally educated immigrants and refugees in navigating their career options in the U.S. Peer Reviewers are needed to look over our next Finance, Medicine, and Social Work guides in the preliminary stages and provide us with feedback and help with contextual changes or large omissions or errors. Please email Mia Nacamulli if you, or someone you know, is interested: [email protected]

NY-based Programs are Invited to Quarterly NYC Network Meetings:

All programs on the IMPRINT Program Map that are based in New York are invited to attend WES Global Talent Bridge’s next NYC Network Meeting.  Unfortunately, in light of the recent COVID_19 pandemic, our last meeting has been canceled but we are still planning to convene in July.  These meetings serve as a place to meet various local practitioners working with skilled immigrants and share updates and best practices. Please email Sylvia Rusin for more details and to RSVP at [email protected]

Funding Opportunities

WES Mariam Assefa Grant Challenge:

The WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation have launched this challenge to identify, test, and advance sorely needed, holistic solutions that empower immigrant communities, while also address some of the impediments that many immigrants in low-wage jobs face. Successful proposals will focus new ideas, which pilot-test innovative approaches, and established programs, which build on solutions that have proven success, with seven finalists to receive grants of up to $200,000. The challenge will open on March 23, 2020, and grant submissions will be accepted through May 26, 2020. More details will be available during an informational webinar on April 28th.

Subscribe to the WES Mariam Assefa Fund Newsletter: The fund’s first grants seek to surface and pilot employer talent practices that are inclusive of immigrant and refugee job seekers and employees; to test and assess how innovative financing can help to scale and deepen the impact of immigrant workforce integration interventions, and to develop leadership capacity in immigrant and refugee communities. Join the distribution list to keep yourself updated on areas of focus, funding opportunities, and lessons learned from the Fund’s work and partners.

In the News

What Fewer Immigrants Coming to the U.S. Means for Our Economy and Workforce:

This piece explores the long-term economic impacts of limiting the number of immigrants and refugees into the U.S.

Somali immigrant Launches Website to Connect Twin Cities Employers and Immigrants:

Internationally-trained Somali immigrant, Abdurrahman Mahmud, launched Twinist, a for-profit jobs and opportunities website for both immigrants and employers where they can create profiles, upload resumes and apply to positions shared by employers.  Twinist aims to serve the mostly unemployed or under-employed via a platform that allows immigrant jobseekers to connect with employers looking to fill open positions. The site also provides them with mock interview sessions and resume building services.

‘Brain Waste’ Exacts Human and Economic Toll on U.S:

This article discusses the struggles of a Sri Lankan doctor who is certified to practice in Sri Lanka, India, Japan, the UAE, Israel, and Kuwait among others. However, she spent five years in the U.S. unable to practice her profession. The article puts a human face on the issue of ‘brain waste’.

Columbia University Launches Scholarship Program for Displaced Refugees:

The first-of-its-kind scholarship, the The Columbia University Scholarship for Displaced Students aims to be a leader in providing displaced refugee students with an opportunity to pursue higher education at their institution.

How Germany is Making it Easier for Skilled Immigrants to Enter Labor Market:

The Skilled Workers Immigration Act, which will come into effect on March 1st, 2020, aims to make it easier for skilled workers from non-EU countries to come to and remain in Germany. The Act, which passed on June 7th this year, will initially focus on filling vacancies in the care sector.

The U.K. Announces a New Points-based Immigration System:

From January 2021, EU migrants will be awarded points for English language speaking ability, job offers, salaries, etc. in the process of applying for a visa.

The Reason Why the U.S. Has a Skills Gap Problem:

This article argues that hiring and training internationally educated refugees and immigrants is “an economic imperative as well as a moral one” considering nearly half of employers in the U.S. struggle to find capable talent. It presents the lack of investment in helping immigrants and refugees improve their English skills as a systemic barrier that masks the experience, education, and potential of immigrants and refugees.

San Diego Launches Podcast Featuring Skilled Immigrants:

This podcast provides voice to immigrants with professional degrees from their home countries and the big challenges they face in trying to work again in the U.S.


Higher Education Opportunities for Asylum Seekers in NYC – On-demand video panel with representations from Columbia University’s Scholarship for Displaced Students, CUNY, NYU, and WES about higher education opportunities for asylum seekers in NYC⁠—and tips about how to access them.

Employment Services for Refugees: Leveraging Mainstream U.S. Systems and Funding – On-demand Migration Policy Institute (MPI) researchers and other experts on this webinar discuss the possibilities for collaboration between refugee resettlement and mainstream workforce services, and funding streams. Best practices from Michigan and Washington State are shared.

Launching & Strengthening Career Pathways Programs: Approaches, Partnerships, and Funding Possibilities – This on-demand webinar focuses on understanding common approaches to launching career pathways programs and the benefits/cons that each of them offers. The presenters highlight the advantages of hybrid programs and share insights on how collaborative partnerships and innovative thinking around funding lead to increased capacity.


E-Campus online learning tool:

E-campus is a free online learning platform on migration offered by The International Organization for Migration (IOM). It provides an opportunity for government officials, civil society, students, academics and anyone interested in updating their knowledge in human mobility.

Career Pathways in Law E-Guide:

This e-guide provides resources and guidance to internationally trained immigrants seeking to use their education in the field of law in the United States. It explores career pathways related to law, as well as alternative careers.

Launching and Strengthening Career Pathways Programs:

This toolkit highlights various approaches to career pathways programming and demonstrates how partnerships and diverse funding streams can be leveraged to expand career pathways programming over time.


A Snapshot of Demographic and Economic Contributions of Refugees:

New American Economy reveals a new set of fact sheets that detail the economic contributions of refugees in 17 states.

Over-education Among University-educated Immigrants in Canada and the United States:

This study explores the mismatch between the education and occupations of immigrants in Canada and the United States, operationalized by over-education. It later analyzes how the cross-country differences may be related to the supply of and demand for skilled immigrants and their selection process.

Foreign Credential Recognition Systems Around the World:

This paper offers examples of OECD countries that have made progress toward the recognition of qualifications of prior learning, including special provisions for migrants and refugees. It argues that migrants need to have their academic credentials recognized so that they can find meaningful employment at the right levels, especially for migrants and refugees who cannot prove their academic qualifications. The paper looks at various recognition systems across the world, and ways they assess skills and competencies.

Upskilling New Americans: Innovative English Training for Career Advancement:

This report, by the National Immigration Forum (The Forum), analyzes the Skills and Opportunity for the New American Workforce, an industry-contextualized English language training program that offers a bridge between limited English proficient workers and employers. The program has proven to be a model for LEP workers across various industries that are open to alternative career pathways.

Progress in Adult Learning and Education (ALE) Around the World:

This report highlights the uneven participation rates in adult learning around the world. It calls for a need for interventions that will make it easier to learn about who is participating, at what rate(s), increase funding, and implement smarter policies that will realize the potential adult learning and education.

“What’s a Sundial in the Shade?”: Brain Waste Among Refugee Professionals Who Are Denied Meaningful Opportunity for Credential Recognition:

This law journal submission discusses brain waste among refugees in the U.S. because of a lack of credential recognition.

Upcoming Events

Note: Efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 might affect the schedules of the following events.

NAWDP Conference: May 4-6, 2020 in Orlando, FL

A gathering of workforce development professionals showcasing ideas, best practices, and innovative programs, products, and services in the industry.

Indeed Interactive: May 11-13, 2020 in Austin, TX

A gathering of best practices in Human Resources, exploring challenges and impacts of a rapidly changing work environment.

Global Employer Summit 2020: May 19, 2020 in Cleveland, OH

A one-day summit showcasing local employers who are successful at engaging global talent to address workforce needs in Cleveland.

The 2020 African International Business Summit: May 29-30, 2020 in St. Paul, MN

A summit to address the need to create more economic development opportunities for African professionals across business, higher education, and healthcare industries.

2020 C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Forum: June 1-5 in Columbus, OH

A conference exploring how local, regional, and state economies and their workforce forward.

2020 Pritzker Forum on Global Cities: June 3-5, 2020 in Chicago, IL

A forum that will examine strategic and effective policy interventions for cities to address global migration trends and coordinating with national-level policies.

2020 Welcoming Interactive: June 3-5, 2020 in Charlotte, NC

A conference highlighting successful practices and stories about immigrant inclusion from programs, policies, and partnerships across various sectors.

JFF Horizons: June 9-10 in New Orleans, LA

A convening from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors at the intersection of workforce and education.

NASDTEC Conference: June 14-16, 2020 in Boston, MA

A conference addressing matters relating to the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel.

Cambio de Colores Conference: June 17-20, 2020 in St. Louis, MO

A multi-state conference sharing research and best practices that facilitate the integration of newcomers.


2019 Q4 IMPRINT Program Map Network Page

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