Upwardly Global is a national non-profit organization that helps work-authorized, skilled immigrants rebuild their professional careers in the U.S. We provide professional job-search training and access to employers with global talent needs. To date, we have coached nearly 3,000 skilled immigrants and have assisted more than 1,200 skilled immigrants back into their career fields.
impact on the job seeker: the outsized benefits of helping skilled immigrants re-enter the professional workforce
Our programs result in multiple social and economic benefits to job seekers and their families.
- Increased Income:Our job seekers generate an additional $175,000 in income over a five year period as a result of their professional placement and high retention rates.
- Benefits to Immigrant families: Eighty five percent of job seekers financially support three or more children and/or family members; in 2010 they supported a total of 600 dependents.
- Higher Civic Participation and Citizenship Rate: Due to the high costs of naturalization, studies show that an immigrant who has an income of $30,000 - $40,000 is more likely to apply for citizenship than an otherwise similar immigrant who has an income of between $10,000 and $20,000 (Johnson, et al, 1999.) With an average starting salary of $45,000 at placement, our job seekers are able to apply for U.S. citizenship, which will allow them to vote, run for office, or work for the federal government.
- New Networks: One of the most valuable job search tool that immigrants leave behind is their professional network. Upwardly Global helps job seekers rebuild their network by facilitating connections with more than 1,500 american professionals serving as volunteers and over 500 members of our employer network.
- Increase in Morale: Several studies show that unemployment and underemployment cause detrimental changes in family relationships and in the psychological well-being of spouses and children (Paul & Moser, 2009.) By helping immigrants obtain professional positions, we are positively impacting the health and welfare of job seekers and their families.
To learn more about our training program and to apply, please visit Job Seeker Services.
To learn more about our employer partners, please visit Employer Partners.
To obtain information about licensing and certification, please visit Licensed Professions Guide.
To learn about the experiences of other skilled immigrants, please visit Success Stories.