Monday, October 19, 2015

Survey Explores College-Educated Immigrants’ Success Post Graduation


By Jordan Friedman
World Education Services

Your English language skills, the length of time you’ve been in the U.S., and the social network you develop can all play a major role in determining your success post graduation. That is, according to a recent study from Global Talent Bridge, a program of World Education Services that supports skilled immigrants, and IMPRINT, a national coalition of organizations raising awareness about the talents of immigrant professionals.

The report, titled “Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States,” surveyed more than 4,000 college-educated immigrant professionals in communities of Boston, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, and Seattle to discover which factors play the greatest roles in their economic success.


Here are some key findings that can impact you as an international student:

 In general, college-educated immigrants who had pursued an education in the U.S. as opposed to overseas were “more likely to be employed and successful than those who had only received education abroad.”

 According to the report, English language skills correspond with “virtually every possible measure of immigrant economic success.” Forty percent of the respondents who identified English as their primary language achieved earnings success, which is defined as being currently employed and making at least $50,000 annually.

 A strong correlation was found between the size of an immigrant’s self-reported social network and his or her likelihood of achieving success. Specifically, immigrants who said they had “many” friends and family based in the U.S. saw greater earnings success than those who could rely on “a few” or “no” friends and family.

 The amount of time an immigrant has been in the U.S. corresponds directly with higher income rates and lower unemployment rates. Those who have been in the U.S. for longer periods of time also had better English skills, were more likely to volunteer in their communities, and were more likely to have “many” friends and family compared with those who just recently arrived.

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