Improved Pathways for Skilled Immigrants: Part of the Solution

In an effort to bolster the ranks of practicing medical professionals in New Jersey, Governor Murphy issued an executive order on April 1 allowing physicians licensed and in good standing in other countries to practice medicine in New Jersey for the duration of the crisis. His action recognizes a pervasive problem facing many immigrants with professional training received in other countries, i.e. navigating the often labrynthine and unnecessary credentialing barriers existing in many states and localities. Despite shortages of skilled workers in many fields, and the existence of a pool of qualified immigrants who could ease these shortages, many states turn a blind eye to the "brain waste" problem. Often, these immigrants with professional training end up working as Uber drivers or parking attendants. Fortunately, there are a number of organizations and jurisdictions that are trying to solve this problem. The Global Talent Bridge program of World Education Services, an organization that provides independent evaluations of degrees earned abroad, has published a series of guides to help foreign-trained professionals naviagate the credentialing process and if necessary, find related careers. The guides cover the following professional areas: architecture , dentistry , engineering , health , information technology , law , pharmacy , and teaching . Global Talent Bridge also provides technical assistance to states and localities interested in reducing unnecessary barriers to career entry on the part of foreign-trained professionals.