Upwardly Global

Today there are more than 1.8 million immigrants in the U.S. who are college-educated but are unemployed or significantly underemployed. Immigrants often possess important labor skills for the regional economy, but can be underemployed because of professional licensing issues, cultural differences in the job search process, or language barriers. We see the impact of these barriers in taxi drivers and janitors who, in their home country, were, for example, engineers, doctors, or veterinarians. There are programs to help establish local credentials and break down barriers that bring existing talent into the labor market, fostering new opportunities to grow southeast Michigan’s economy. Nationally, Upwardly Global has placed more than 2300 skilled immigrant back into their career field and partnered with over 500 employers to help them meet their specialized talent needs.

In 2014, after years of advocacy from Global Detroit, Upwardly Global (UpGlo) opened a Detroit office in partnership with Global Detroit, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and the Michigan Office for New Americans. In partnership with the Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, UpGlo has also created online licensing guides for 15 professions including dentists, teachers, lawyers, nurses, pharmacists, physicians, accountants, architects, barbers, cosmetologists, electricians, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, and engineers. Michigan is the first state to replicate Upwardly Global’s Global Engineers In Residence (GEIR) program, which connects experienced, foreign-trained engineers with mid-career internships, and helps employers tap into a new talent pool in this high-demand area.

For more information about Upwardly Global in Detroit or GEIR, please contact:
Annie Fenton- Email: annief@upwardlyglobal.org Phone: (313) 833-7998

Upwardly Global’s Job Seeker Services Program is free for skilled immigrants who meet the following requirements:

  1. have a Green Card or refugee/asylee status
  2. have a bachelor’s degree or higher
  3. have a minimum of two years working experience outside the U.S.
  4. live in the U.S. for less than 5 years
  5. have not worked in their career field in the U.S.
  6. possess computer skills and intermediate English language skills
  7. highly motivated and able to attend the training program

Qualified immigrant and refugees can apply via Upwardly Global’s Online Application

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