Congress Passes Bill To Conduct Employment-Related Study Of Foreign-Credentialed Immigrants And Refugees – General Immigration


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On September 19, 2022, Congress passed the “Bridging the
Gap for New Americans Act” (S. 3157) to require the
Department of Labor to submit to Congress a study on the factors
affecting employment opportunities for certain individuals with
professional credentials obtained in a non-U.S. country,
specifically individuals who are lawfully present noncitizens or
naturalized U.S. citizens. The study will include policy
recommendations for better enabling such individuals to obtain
skill-appropriate employment in the United States.

The study is to include: (1) an analysis of the employment
history of applicable immigrants and refugees admitted to the
United States during the five-year period immediately preceding the
date of enactment; (2) an assessment of any barriers that prevent
applicable immigrants and refugees from using occupational
experience obtained outside the United States to obtain employment
in the United States; (3) an analysis of available public and
private resources assisting applicable immigrants and refugees who
have professional experience and qualifications obtained outside of
the United States to obtain skill-appropriate employment in the
United States; and (4) policy recommendations for better enabling
applicable immigrants and refugees who have professional experience
and qualifications obtained outside of the United States to obtain
skill-appropriate employment in the United States.

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