About Upwardly Global

We are the premier national organization working to support immigrants and refugees with international credentials to restart their careers in the United States.

The Challenge

Newcomers to the U.S. are more educated than at any other time in our history: 45% of recently-arrived immigrants have at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet more than 2 million immigrants and refugees who have degrees and professional work experience from their home countries face systemic barriers that leave them unemployed or working in low wage jobs in the United States. Upwardly Global is the first and longest-serving national organization that helps these individuals restart their careers and bring their skills and perspectives into the American workforce.

  • 45% of recently-arrived immigrants have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Newcomers to the U.S. are more educated than at any other time in our history

Yet, nearly 2 million college-educated immigrants and refugees are unemployed or underemployed. They face many cultural and structural barriers to regaining their careers

Our Impact

Upwardly Global’s innovative skill-building and networking programs coach internationally trained professionals in rebuilding professional careers and U.S. employers in accessing their talents with inclusive hiring practices. To date, Upwardly Global has placed more than 9,000 people, adding over $600 million to the economy each year. Learn more about our impact from our annual reports and financial statements.

Our Mission

Upwardly Global’s mission is to eliminate employment barriers for immigrant and refugee professionals, and advance the inclusion of their skills into the U.S. economy.

Our Vision

We envision an equitable, welcoming country where everyone–including immigrants, refugees, and asylees–can fully contribute and thrive.

How We Work

Upwardly Global is committed to using our knowledge and experience to build the field and shift systems to advance inclusion. We support employer change practices including diverse hiring, promotion and retention through our work with employer partners; we share our resources and learning tools with front-line immigrant organizations and workforce providers (including government agencies and community organizations) through our Jobversity program, and we lift up the stories and support policy priorities that can move people and advance this work.



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