IMPRINT: Immigrant Professional Integration
Please join IMPRINT’s campaign to promote economic integration among immigrants and refugees who are working to use their talents in the United States.
A steadily increasing percentage of newcomers to the U.S. hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. They could be playing a critical role in the U.S. workforce, yet they face significant barriers to employment in their fields.
IMPRINT members seek to mobilize this underutilized talent pool to meet critical workforce demands in key sectors such as healthcare, teaching, and STEM, and thus strengthen our economy.
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. Join us.
Immigrants and refugees should have the opportunity to contribute their skills in professional roles that draw on their talents, education, qualifications and experience.
Immigrants and refugees should have access to the professional workforce and the resources and information that can help them prepare for and become better integrated into the U.S. labor market, higher education, and American society.
Foreign-trained candidates for professional licensure and certification should be held to the same standards as U.S.-trained candidates. These requirements should be transparent, objective, impartial and be reflective of local community needs.
Communities, public officials, and employers should actively work to draw on the full range of talents and abilities of immigrants. Bilingual and bicultural skills should be recognized, valued and utilized.
Communities should work to engage skilled immigrants not only as workers but also as neighbors, parents, business owners, volunteers, stakeholders, leaders, and community members.