City Job Program Includes Help for Professional Immigrants

The city’s Immigrant Bridge Program could increase the earning potential of foreign-trained immigrants with advanced degrees. (Photo by Ivan Baldivieso, Flickr Creative Commons License)

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced eight new programs to foster job training and employment opportunities for low-income New Yorkers, El Diario-La Prensa reports.

One of the programs in the LINK (Leveraging Innovations and our Neighborhoods in the Knowledge economy) initiative is highlighted by El Diario, since it targets immigrants specifically.

The Immigrant Bridge Program will increase the earning potential of foreign-trained immigrants with advanced degrees and in-demand skills. People with degrees in such fields as accounting, engineering or medicine, will get help in creating individualized career plans.

“This opens a great opportunity for me to get out of the factory,” said Ricardo León, a Peruvian architect who arrived to New York three years ago and says he hasn’t been able to pursue his career “for lack of information and resources.”

According to the article, by Cristina Loboguerrero, participants will have access to a microloan of $1,000 to $10,000 for educational or general expenses while they get training.

The mayor said that, for example, a doctor with a degree from the Dominican Republic working in a service job would be able to complete the program and be employed as a medical researcher or radiologist, potentially earning $15,000 to $30,000 more per year.

The LINK initiative is sponsored by several city agencies, including the Economic Development Corporation, the Human Resources Administration and the Center for Economic Opportunity.