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Congress Passes the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act
NEW YORK, NY—(September 21, 2022)—This week Congress passed the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act. This bipartisan legislation calls on the U.S. Department of Labor to study systemic barriers to employment that impact immigrants and refugees who hold credentials obtained in another country, and to issue recommendations for reform. The bill now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law.
World Education Services Announces 16 U.S. Communities Selected to Join Its Skilled Immigrant Integration Program
NEW YORK, NY—(Aug. 23, 2022) World Education Services (WES) today announced the 16 communities selected to join the fifth cohort of its Skilled Immigrant Integration Program (SIIP). These sites represent a combination of new communities and SIIP network alumni that are committed to advancing the workforce inclusion of immigrants and refugees across the United States.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces $1M in Grants to Advance Inclusive Employer Practices and Career Pathways for Immigrants in the U.S. and Canada
NEW YORK, NY—(July 22, 2022) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced US$1 million in grants to eight organizations in the U.S. and Canada working to shift employer practices and develop career pathways that support the economic mobility and success of immigrants and refugees.
The IMPRINT Coalition Welcomes Ten New Members
NEW YORK, NY—(July 12, 2022) The IMPRINT Coalition is expanding its impact across the U.S. as it welcomes 10 new member organizations. IMPRINT is also pleased to announce the election of existing member Washington Academy for International Medical Graduates (WAIMG) to the coalition’s steering committee.
WES Applauds Passage of Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act in U.S. Senate, Calls on House to Pass Critical Workforce Legislation
NEW YORK, NY—(June 24, 2022) Yesterday the U.S. Senate passed the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act, S.3157, bipartisan legislation that calls on the U.S. Department of Labor to study the systemic barriers that impact internationally trained immigrants’ and refugees’ employment opportunities and issue recommendations for reform. The measure received strong bipartisan support as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2022 (NDAA) in September 2021, but after a compromise was reached that removed many amendments from the NDAA Congress passed a revised version of the defense spending bill that did not include the study. The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives.
National Coalition Launches #WelcomingEconomy for Refugees Campaign to Connect Employers and Refugees in Canada
TORONTO, ON—(May 12, 2022) Today, the Refugee Jobs Agenda Roundtable, jointly with other partners, is launching the #WelcomingEconomy for Refugees campaign, a coordinated and unified employer-led effort focused on highlighting the social and economic contributions and successes of refugees. The campaign will feature business leaders in a series of videos aimed at encouraging and supporting the recruitment and hiring of refugee talent across Canada.
Health Care Leaders Gather to Discuss Strategy to Integrate Internationally Educated Health Professionals to Help Meet Ontario’s Health Care Needs
TORONTO, ON—(April 11, 2022) Today, World Education Services (WES) is convening leaders from hospitals, long-term care, and home care alongside other key health care stakeholders to talk about the role of immigrant health professionals in their sectors. This is the first time these stakeholders will assemble to share their vision of how to rebuild Ontario’s health workforce with the deliberate inclusion of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs).
World Education Services Applauds Biden-Harris Administration Efforts to Attract and Support International Students
NEW YORK, NY—(January 26, 2022) Last week, the Biden-Harris administration announced efforts to expand opportunities for international students to gain practical experience and contribute their education and skills to the U.S. workforce. Building on the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education issued by the U.S. Department of State and Department of Education in July 2021, these reforms include a new program to facilitate the research, training, and education of early-career exchange visitors; the addition of 22 new fields of study to the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program; and the removal of barriers for eligible international STEM students to remain in the U.S. post-graduation.
World Education Services Announces New Leadership of its Board of Trustees
NEW YORK, NY—(January 19, 2022) World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of Audrey Hendley as chair of the WES Board of Trustees. Hendley takes over the chairmanship from long-time trustee Hans de Wit.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces $1.8 Million Commitment to Advance Inclusive Employer Practices for Immigrant and Refugee Job Seekers and Workers in the U.S. and Canada
NEW YORK, NY—(December 09, 2021) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced the award of US$1.8 million in grants to 12 U.S. and Canadian organizations working to improve the economic mobility of immigrants and refugees. Each of these new grantee partners, selected through an open call for applications, works with employers and workers in a range of sectors such as health care, agriculture, “for hire” driving, and more. Each seeks to deliver relevant, worker-informed solutions that improve job quality and foster inclusive and equitable workplaces and economies.
South African Qualifications Authority and World Education Services Partner to Facilitate Qualifications Recognition for Refugees and Displaced People in South Africa
OTTAWA, ON—(Nov. 12, 2021) Last night, at the Groningen Declaration Network annual meeting, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and World Education Services (WES) signed a partnership agreement that will ensure eligible refugees and displaced individuals can have their qualifications assessed and recognized in South Africa.
Five Sites Selected Across U.S. for World Education Services’ Inaugural Workforce Inclusion Demonstration Program
NEW YORK, NY—(November 10, 2021) Today, World Education Services (WES) announced the selection of five sites for its inaugural Skilled Immigrant Integration Program (SIIP) Demonstration Opportunity. These organizations will receive financial and technical assistance from WES Global Talent Bridge to develop promising workforce inclusion initiatives.
World Education Services Applauds Introduction of Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act in the U.S. Senate
NEW YORK, NY—(November 4, 2021) Yesterday the Bridging the Gap for New Americans Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate, following its passage out of the U.S. House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support in September. As the U.S. welcomes Afghan evacuees, this legislation takes a critical step toward addressing the systemic barriers that limit the employment opportunities of immigrants and refugees with international education and experience, filling worker gaps in essential industries, and ensuring an inclusive economic recovery.
Legislation Promoting Economic Inclusion Passes U.S. House of Representatives, World Education Services Praises Bipartisan Effort
NEW YORK, NY—(September 29, 2021) Last week, bipartisan legislation directing the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to conduct an interagency study of the barriers that limit employment opportunities for immigrants and refugees with international credentials passed the U.S. House of Representatives as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
WES Donates to Organizations Supporting Displaced Afghans and Haitians
NEW YORK, NY—(September 20, 2021) World Education Services (WES) is dedicated to creating a world in which everyone is able to put their education, experience, and skills to work anywhere in the world. The humanitarian crises now unfolding in Afghanistan and Haiti have spurred the organization to act in line with this vision by donating to five organizations that work directly with Haitians and Afghans.
WES Launches #UntappedTalent Campaign to Raise Awareness of the Underemployment and Unemployment of Immigrants and Refugees
NEW YORK, NY—(Sept. 14, 2021) As the United States responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and works toward achieving full economic recovery, World Education Services (WES) today announced the launch of the #UntappedTalent public awareness campaign, an initiative developed to spotlight the need for policy reforms that increase the economic mobility of immigrants and refugees in the U.S.
WES Statement on Crisis in Afghanistan
NEW YORK, NY—(August 19, 2021) WES is deeply concerned by the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. Thousands of Afghans have been forced to flee their homes, and the fate of many who remain is uncertain. Given our mission to support the global mobility of all people, including those forcibly displaced, WES has an obligation to act.
World Education Services and More Than 120 Other Organizations Call on Congress to Support the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act
NEW YORK, NY—(August 3, 2021) World Education Services (WES) joins Church World Service, International Rescue Committee, National Immigration Forum, National Skills Coalition, New American Economy, and Upwardly Global, together with more than 120 national, state, and local organizations, in urging Congress to co-sponsor the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act. This bipartisan legislation would direct the United States Department of Labor to conduct an interagency study of the barriers that impact employment opportunities of immigrants and refugees who hold international credentials.
World Education Services Applauds Biden-Harris Administration’s Commitment to Welcoming International Students
NEW YORK, NY—(July 27, 2021) Yesterday, the United States Departments of Education and State issued a Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education outlining the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to restoring the role of the U.S. as a global leader in international education. The following is a statement by Esther Benjamin, Executive Director and CEO of World Education Services (WES).
World Education Services Announces Support for Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act, Bipartisan Legislation Promoting Economic Inclusion of Immigrants and Refugees
NEW YORK, NY—(June 25, 2021) Today the Improving Opportunities for New Americans Act of 2021 was re-introduced in Congress by Reps. Jason Crow (D-CO), Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), John Katko (R-NY), and Young Kim (R-CA). The bipartisan legislation would direct the United States Department of Labor to study the barriers that impact employment opportunities of immigrants and refugees who hold international credentials.
World Education Services Announces Eight U.S. Communities to Join the Skilled Immigrant Integration Program
NEW YORK, NY—(Jun 16, 2021) World Education Services (WES) today announced the expansion of its Skilled Immigrant Integration Program (SIIP) to include eight new member communities working to ensure immigrant- and refugee-inclusive economies.
Internationally Educated Health Professionals an Untapped Resource in Ontario
Toronto, ON—(May 3, 2021) While the Ontario government seeks additional health care workers from across Canada and other countries amid the third wave of the pandemic, thousands of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) currently living in Ontario are ready and waiting to contribute their skills.
WES Response to the 2021 Ontario Budget: Ensuring an Immigrant-Inclusive Recovery
Toronto, ON—(April 1, 2021) WES monitored the release of the Ontario government’s 2021 budget with great interest. We were pleased to see strong investment in and focus on protecting people’s health and the economy.
World Education Services Releases Recommendations for Biden-Harris Administration to Ensure an Equitable and Inclusive Economy
NEW YORK, NY—(Jan 14, 2021)- On January 14, 2021, World Education Services (WES) released its recommendations for the Biden-Harris administration to advance the economic integration of internationally trained immigrants and refugees and international students in the United States. Titled Pathways for an Equitable and Inclusive Recovery for Immigrants, Refugees, and International Students, the road map for reform proposes strategies to ensure effective economic integration, outlining five key actions the Biden-Harris administration should prioritize within its first 100 days in office.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces First Impact Investments Totaling $750,000 to Support the Success of Immigrant and Refugee Workers
NEW YORK, NY—(Dec. 15, 2020) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced impact investments of $750,000 to ensure that immigrants and refugees in the United States have access to the tools and capital they need to acquire digital and other job-related skills, establish credit, increase their earning potential, and start businesses of their own.
Francisco Marmolejo Rejoins WES Board of Trustees, World Education Services (WES) Announces
NEW YORK, NY—(Dec. 02, 2020) World Education Services (WES) today announced that Francisco Marmolejo, a global leader in the field of international education administration, has rejoined its Board of Trustees. His first tenure on the WES Board lasted from 2011 to 2018.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Awards First Grants in Canada, Committing C$1.9M to Create More Equitable Systems for Immigrant and Refugee Workers
Toronto, CA—(Nov. 23, 2020) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund, the philanthropic arm of World Education Services (WES), today announced its first grants in Canada. The Fund is awarding C$1.9 million to six organizations that are building stronger career pathways for immigrants and refugees, supporting workers affected by COVID-19, investing in immigrant leaders, and nurturing the development of innovative solutions and greater capacity in the immigrant-serving sector.
World Education Services Submits Public Comment Opposing Proposed Rule Setting Time Limits on International Student Visas
New York, NY—(October 27, 2020) On October 26, World Education Services (WES) submitted a public comment in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed regulation Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media to set fixed periods on the length of time international students can remain in the United States, arguing that the proposed rule would place an unnecessary and harmful burden on international students, higher education institutions, and the U.S. economy.
Immigrant Community Organizations Receive $2 Million in Philanthropic Funds – Twice the Initial Pledge
NEW YORK—(Sept. 24, 2020) The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation today announced 12 awardees of the Opportunity Challenge, a new grantmaking initiative to support the success of immigrants and refugees and the community-led organizations that serve them.
World Education Services Announces the Appointment of Cheryl Cramer Toto as COO
NEW YORK, NY—(Aug. 05, 2020) World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of Cheryl Cramer Toto as its new chief operations officer (COO). Toto will oversee WES’ world-leading credential evaluation processes, while identifying new opportunities for the growth and evolution of the organization.
World Education Services Submits Public Comment Opposing Proposed Rule Greatly Limiting Asylum Protections
New York, NY— (July 17, 2020)–On July 14, World Education Services (WES) submitted to the Executive Office for Immigration Review a public comment opposing a proposed asylum regulation that would dramatically curtail the criteria for asylum and put applicants at grave risk of harm, in contravention of long-standing domestic and international conventions.
ICE Decision Requiring International Students to Study In-Person or Be Deported Will Cause Long-Term Harm, Says World Education Services
New York, NY—(July 10, 2020) World Education Services (WES) is deeply concerned about the recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision to revoke the visas of international students who do not take in-person classes this fall. The July 6 ICE action comes as COVID-19 cases continues to spike across the U.S, raising serious public health concerns and putting both students and universities at risk.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Awards $1.35 Million in Grants to Support Career Pathways for Immigrants and Refugees Amid Pandemic
NEW YORK—(June 18, 2020) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund, the philanthropic arm of World Education Services (WES), today announced the award of $1.35 million in grants to enable immigrant and refugee workers to advance in the workforce of today and tomorrow and build strong careers that support their families and themselves. The three grant recipients are Building Skills Partnership (BSP), the EdTech Center @ World Education (EdTech Center), and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
World Education Services Announces the Appointment of Four New Board Members
NEW YORK—(May 14, 2020) World Education Services (WES) today announced the appointment of four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new members are Dr. Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo; Helen Hayward, an Ontario-based independent board director and strategic advisor to organizations in the public and not-for-profit sector; Maryana Iskander, CEO of South Africa-based Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator; and Aaron Williams, who served as the 18th Director of the Peace Corps, from 2009 to 2012, and was most recently executive vice president of RTI’s international development group.
New Jersey’s Executive Order Allowing Immigrant Doctors to Join in the Fight Against COVID-19 Is ‘Critically Important,’ says World Education Services
New York, NY—(April 03, 2020) World Education Services (WES) applauds New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s Executive Order 112 as a positive step toward the goal of removing the barriers to employment for under- and unemployed immigrants and refugees who have healthcare degrees and experience.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation Announce the Opportunity Challenge: $1 Million to Uplift Immigrant Communities
NEW YORK—(March 10, 2020) The World Education Services (WES) Mariam Assefa Fund and the Tarsadia Foundation today announced a joint $1 million grantmaking initiative to support the success of immigrants, refugees, and their communities nationwide.
World Education Services Expands Immigrant Professional Integration Program to 24 Communities Nationwide
NEW YORK—(Jan. 29, 2020) World Education Services (WES) has announced the selection of eight state and local communities to join its three-year-old Skilled Immigrant Integration Program, bringing the total number of participating communities to 24.
World Education Services’ New Research Highlights International Students’ Daily Life Challenges on and off Campus
NEW YORK—(Nov. 20, 2019) New research from World Education Services (WES) finds that while international students are generally satisfied with the quality of academic programs and support available on U.S. campuses, they also continue to face mental health, adjustment, and other challenges.
WES Mariam Assefa Fund Announces First USD$1.2M in Grants to Support Immigrant and Refugee Employment Initiatives
NEW YORK—(Sept. 4, 2019) The WES Mariam Assefa Fund today announced the award of USD$1.2 million in grants toward its goal of catalyzing economic opportunities and advancement for immigrants and refugees in the U.S. and Canada. The grants have been awarded to five organizations in the U.S.: the Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, Jobs for the Future (JFF), Mission Driven Finance, Upwardly Global, and the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians.
World Education Services Launches the WES Mariam Assefa Fund to Provide Philanthropic Support to Organizations Striving to Help Immigrants and Refugees
NEW YORK—(June 4, 2019) World Education Services (WES) today announced the launch of the WES Mariam Assefa Fund. The USD $30 million philanthropic fund will support organizations that seek to bring down the barriers that keep immigrants and refugees from contributing their skills and joining the workforce in their new communities.
World Education Services Releases Its First Mobile Application
NEW YORK —(May 16, 2019)World Education Services (WES), the leading credential evaluation service in North America, has released its first-ever mobile application, the WES App.
World Education Services Appoints Esther Benjamin as CEO
NEW YORK—(April 22, 2019) Esther Benjamin will join World Education Services (WES) as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director on June 17th. Benjamin comes to WES after a long career overseeing international organizations in the public, private, and civil society sectors, with a focus on global development and social impact. She will replace longtime WES Executive Director and CEO, Mariam Assefa, who announced her retirement in August 2018.
World Education Services Announces New Board Leadership
NEW YORK—(Jan. 15, 2019) World Education Services (WES), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals achieve their higher education and professional goals in the United States and Canada, today announced the appointment of new board leadership.
Mariam Assefa Retiring as Executive Director of World Education Services
NEW YORK—(August 29, 2018) After 37 years as head of the leading international credential evaluation service in the United States and Canada, Mariam Assefa has announced her decision to retire from her role as Executive Director of World Education Services
World Education Services’ New Research Highlights Challenging Political Environment for International Student Recruitment
NEW YORK—(June 18, 2018) New research by World Education Services finds that the U.S. political environment is the biggest challenge to recruiting international students to college and university campuses. In response, most institutions have changed or are planning to change their international recruitment strategies.
World Education Services Pilots Blockchain-Based Digital Badges for Internationally Educated Students and Professionals
NEW YORK—(May 30, 2018) World Education Services (WES) has announced plans to offer blockchain-based digital badges to qualified WES clients. WES, which evaluates international education qualifications and advocates for their recognition in the U.S. and Canada, is offering the badges through Credly, a leading provider of online credentials.
Shamira Madhany Joins World Education Services as Managing Director of the Organization’s Operations in Canada
TORONTO—(April 18, 2018) Shamira Madhany will join World Education Services (WES) as Managing Director, Canada, and Deputy Executive Director, WES, beginning on July 9th.
Tim Owen Retiring as Deputy Executive Director of World Education Services, and Director of the Organization’s Operations in Canada
TORONTO—(Jan. 18, 2018) After almost 18 years as head of World Education Services’ Canadian Office, Tim Owen announced his retirement, effective in May of 2018. Owen will continue to serve as Director of WES Canada and Deputy Director of World Education Services (WES) until a successor is named and the transition is complete.
New Research From World Education Services Shows Career Outcomes for Current International Students and Alumni
NEW YORK—(October 17, 2017) New research from World Education Services (WES) finds that 89 percent of international alumni and 92 percent of current international students believe their U.S. education is a good investment. However, many face difficulties navigating visa authorization, gaining work experience, and finding jobs in their home countries or the U.S. after graduation.
World Education Services Releases New Research into International Students’ Experiences Working with Education Agents
NEW YORK—(June 6, 2017) New research from World Education Service (WES) indicates that two-thirds of U.S.-bound international students who work with education agents use independent rather than institution-sponsored agents. The remaining third—those who work with sponsored agents—often pay agent fees of more than USD $1,000 on top of commissions paid by institutions. This type of double payment is at the heart of the ongoing debate about practices among international education agents that many in U.S. higher education…
WES Provides Support for International Students and Skilled Immigrants in New York City
NEW YORK—(November 11, 2016) How do I find a job in the U.S. when I earned my degree in another country? How do I adjust to the American education system? Millions of international students and skilled immigrants grapple with these questions and more as they navigate life in a new country…
World Education Services: Helping International Students Thrive on Campus
NEW YORK—(Oct. 4, 2016) International students often face unique challenges to success while studying in the United States. Understanding those challenges and helping international students overcome them is key for higher education institutions that want to recruit and retain top international students…
WES Spearheads Efforts to Help Refugees Have their Educational Credentials Recognized
TORONTO—(May 18, 2016) After years of enduring civil war, more than 25,000 Syrian refugees recently arrived in Canada and are dreaming about a successful life in their new home….
World Education Services Celebrates 15 Years in Canada
TORONTO—(October 22, 2015) World Education Services (WES) is celebrating 15 years serving skilled immigrants and international students in Canada.
International Students Assess Reputation, Cost, and Career Opportunities for Master’s Programs
NEW YORK—(October 5, 2015) International students have become an essential student body across many U.S. campuses How Master’s Students Choose Institutions: Research on International Student Segmentation is a new report ….
Citizen and Immigration Canada Designates World Education Services to Provide Educational Credential Assessments Under Federal Skilled Worker Program
NEW YORK—(April 18, 2013) Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has designated World Education Services Canada (WES Canada) as a provider of educational credential assessments for applicants applying under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) for immigration.
New Academic Credential Package Speeds Up International Admissions
NEW YORK—(January 26, 2010) Universities can save time and reduce errors when reviewing international applications for admission when prospective students use the World Education Services International Credential Advantage Package.