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Immigrant Bridge

The Immigrant Bridge Program connects highly-skilled immigrants to jobs in growth sectors, connecting talented unemployed and underemployed workers to the City’s economy and helping them to lift their families out of poverty.

Immigrants are a driving force in New York City's economy, yet for college-educated immigrants many face difficulty having their professional experience and educations recognized here. The Immigrant Bridge Program aims to connect these highly-skilled individuals to jobs in growth sectors, thereby connecting talented workers to the City's economy and helping them to lift their families out of poverty.

The Immigrant Bridge Program is a two-part program designed to help 400 college educated unemployed or underemployed immigrants with in-demand skills to transition into "gateway jobs" in their field. Participants could include an engineer from Belarus who today is earning low wages by stocking shelves at a grocery store because her degree is not recognized, or a doctor from the Dominican Republic who is driving a cab. The pilot is particularly aimed at serving individuals with training in growth sectors like STEM, accounting, and healthcare.

NYCEDC is excited to pilot this program, the first of its type in the U.S.

Part 1: The Workforce Program

The Immigrant Bridge Workforce Program is a workforce training program providing individualized career plans, contextualized English for speakers of other languages, and job readiness preparation. NYCEDC has partnered with four leading organizations in the field of immigrant integration to run four independent Workforce Program offices: CAMBA, Goodwill Industries of New York and Northern New Jersey, Riverside Language Program, and Upwardly Global. All Workforce Program locations are open to participants from all boroughs.

Eligible participants will be immigrants residing in NYC with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution in their country of origin. Eligible participants will have earned less than $30,000 in the last year. Participants must be legal to work in the U.S.

Interested participants can reach out to all the Workforce Program offices at the contact information below:


2211 Church Avenue, 3rd Floor, Room 305
Flatbush, Brooklyn, 11226
Marc Fallon
718-282-0108 x79273

Goodwill Industries of NY and Northern NJ

1416 Avenue M, 6th Floor
Midwood, Brooklyn, 11230
Mariana Alexandrovich

Upwardly Global

505 8th Avenue, Suite 602
Garment District, Manhattan, 10018
Debbie Wibowo
212-219-8828 x214

Part 2: The Loan Fund

The Immigrant Bridge Loan Fund will provide interested Workforce Program participants and other qualified high-skill immigrants with $1,000 to $10,000 loans to support their transition to higher paying jobs. Loans will be interest only in the first year, repaid over a 5-year period. Loans will have an interest rate of 9.99%. Loans can be used to cover any expense including the cost of necessary licensing exams, training classes, and/or to cover basic life expenses incurred through program participation (e.g., transit expenses, childcare costs, offsetting lost income, etc.).

Amalgamated Bank is the official bank for the Immigrant Bridge Loan Fund. Amalgamated's loans will provide an essential resource to help immigrants get the certifications and qualifications they need in order to find employment that appropriately matches their skills.

More information on specific loan criteria and necessary documentation will be available on a specific program website once the loan product is available. For additional information please contact us.

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