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 helped more than 4000 skilled immigrant and refugee professionals re-enter their professional fields in the U.S.
For more information about Upwardly Global in Detroit or the Michigan International Talent Solutions program, please contact Annie Fenton at FentonA@michigan.gov.
Upwardly Global’s Job Seeker Services Program is free for skilled immigrants who meet the following requirements:
- have a Green Card or refugee/asylee status
- have a bachelor’s degree or higher
- have a minimum of two years working experience outside the U.S.
- live in the U.S. for less than 5 years
- have not worked in their career field in the U.S.
- possess computer skills and intermediate English language skills
- highly motivated and able to attend the training program
Qualified immigrant and refugees can apply via Upwardly Global’s Online Application