IMPRINT is a coalition of nationally recognized nonprofit organizations focused on immigrant professional integration.
The IMPRINT website includes webinar recordings, policy briefs and key publications to support policy, research and advocacy.
Untapped Talent: The Economic Costs of Brain Waste in the U.S.
The United States, with its strong economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation, has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest.
But in the face of language and credential-recognition barriers, as well as other obstacles, many college-educated immigrants are left working low-skilled jobs or unemployed.
This phenomenon is known as brain waste.
Read more about the key findings from the first-ever U.S.
estimates of the economic costs of brain waste for immigrants, their communities, and the U.S.
This brief, brought to you by WES, New American Economy (NAE) and Migration Policy Institute (MPI) highlights:
Key findings from the report, including discussion of the nearly 2 million individuals affected by and the tens of billions of dollars in negative economic impacts attributable to brain waste
Policy and programmatic recommendations to alleviate barriers for college-educated immigrants
Initiatives undertaken by non-profits and some states, including Michigan and Ohio
Success stories of immigrants who have overcome employment barriers
IMPRINT is excited to announce the launch of the IMPRINT Showcase Map!
With over 50 programs and services currently featured, the IMPRINT Showcase Map highlights the growing number of efforts designed to help immigrants and refugee professionals achieve success in the United States. The map gives access to an array of resources for career preparation, ESL for high-skilled immigrants, and licensing and credentialing guidance.
This is a first-of-its-kind map that aims to connect, educate, and inspire service and technical assistance providers, researchers, policymakers, advocates, and funders to close the opportunity gap and engage in local efforts to help college-educated immigrants transition into careers that match their skills and expertise.
Over the past year, WES Global Talent Bridge in the U.S. and Canada have shared resources and methods on helping skilled immigrants succeed in their journey to continue using credentials from abroad.
As we begin the new year, we will revisit webinars and events hosted in 2016 and share key messages as well as resources that skilled immigrants need to consider as they work to integrate professionally in their new country.
Maryland - The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation was awarded a $2 million grant to grow registered apprenticeship opportunities. The funds will enable the state to create a pilot program for skilled immigrants in occupations within the healthcare industry by increasing apprenticeship opportunities.
Massachusetts - A new report by English for New Bostonians (ENB) found that there was a large percentage of "credentials waste" occurring in Massachusetts, with immigrant English language learners being employed in occupations that do not align with their education and skills.
Nebraska - Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska's Refugee Education & Employment Program (REEP) has been identifying and overcoming the barriers that prevent refugees from accessing WIOA-funded programs and combat brain waste in collaboration with a local American Job Center (AJC).
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) State Plans
Under the provisions of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Governor of each State or Territory submitted their four-year WIOA State Plans for Federal review and approval in early 2016.
The publicly-funded workforce development system is a national network that provides services and helps job-seekers secure good employment. Additionally, WIOA provides businesses with skilled workers, and the states with new opportunities to support the needs of skilled immigrants.
WES Global Talent Bridge conducts seminars designed to help immigrants utilize their academic credentials and connect with community organizations, academic programs and training opportunities
that can help them achieve their goals.
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WES provides evaluation reports and online evaluation tools that can help individuals with foreign credentials gain recognition for their academic achievements when they are looking for employment or educational opportunities.