New Research Identifies Essential Steps for Skilled Immigrants’ Success

cover_steps_for_success_195x250Last December, we informed our readers that World Education Services (WES) and IMPRINT were conducting a survey of college-educated immigrants in 6 U.S. cities (Boston, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose and Seattle) and we encouraged you to invite clients to participate. The results are out in Steps to Success: Integrating Immigrant Professionals in the United States.

Based on more than 4,000 responses from college-educated immigrants in the U.S., the report identifies factors that correlate with their successful integration into American life and offers recommendations for communities to better integrate these skilled workers, and take advantage of their many talents.

To give you a brief preview, here are a few of the key findings of the report:

1. Social capital is powerful: The survey showed that there is a remarkably strong correlation between the size of an immigrant’s social network and his or her likelihood of success.

2. English really matters: Across the board, stronger English language skills were correlated with virtually every possible measure of immigrant success.

3. Immigrants take enterprising approaches: Numerous self-improvement strategies were reported, including academic credential evaluation, English language classes, and additional education in the United States.

Take advantage of this cutting edge information as you develop strategies to help highly skilled clients succeed!



  1. I really like the tip about pursuing different self-improvement strategies. It really makes sense that immigrants should try to improve their academic skills and English. Not learning English in a predominately English speaking country would make it really difficult to be successful. This would be a really good website for immigrants to find.

    • Lorel Donaghey says:

      Hi Grace,

      Thanks for reading and taking time to weigh in. We would LOVE for more immigrants to find our resources. If you can help spread the word or have suggestions for how to do that, please, please, get in touch.

      Lorel, Sarah and Daniel @higheradvantage

  2. This was really interesting to read. I live in a n area that sees a lot of immigrants pass through, and you can see a difference in the ones who are following these tips. I was surprised that the size of their social network would make a difference in their success in a new country. Is this information shared by immigration services? It seems like it could help a lot of people. Thanks for enlightening me!

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