The solution to this problem is actually pretty simple for things like medical,
engineering, and education degrees: allow these individuals to take the relevant
certification exams. If they pass, obviously their education meets the standards
of American schools. If they fail, then they need to have some additional
training to bring their skills up to snuff.For fields like science,
the quality of their research is a good indication of the quality of their
education.Computer scientists and programmers typically also have
research or a portfolio of work that can be presented to demonstrate their
ability to perform to the required tasks.Liberal arts degrees and
business degrees have always been more about industry connections and a
demonstrated capacity to work than the degree itself, so the vetting process for
a foreign degree is a similar process.While we need to ensure that
degrees earned in other countries are comparable to one obtained at an
accredited American university, I think we're making the process a little
more difficult than it really needs to be.
It is said each immigrant costs the US $75,000. So if you really want to help
refugees keep in mind that you can supply 10 of them at their homeland where
many would prefer to stay for the cost of bringing one here. Besides if they
are Muslim they naturally want to retain their religion and Sharia law.
As long as these immigrants are documented and vetted, I support their coming
here for a better life.But we need to do a much, much better job.
The vast majority are not refugees in any way. They are coming illegally and
putting enormous strain on our social infrastructure."According
to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR), a total of 181,436 migrants
crossed the Mediterranean Sea into Italy during 2016, a record year in recent
history. Of these, only 4,808 were recognized as refugees and
awarded asylum in Italy, a mere 2.65 percent of the total number of those making
the crossing."98% are not refugees. That's huge.
While an engineer from another country wont' count as a PE (Professional
Engineer) certification in the US, most engineering jobs don't require
that. I work daily with foreign engineers, mostly Mexican, and have found them
just as capable and well trained as their US counterparts. We also
have several H-1B visa holders, mostly from Mexico but also from India and
Europe. Honestly I have never seen a correlation between the nation of origin
and the quality of work/education.
Say No to BO--Syria does need doctors, but it is a war zone. Would you put
your family in harm's way? We have a shortage of healthcare
professionals in the US. Why are we not investing the time to streamline a path
for credentialing those foreign trained professionals? I know an Iranian
dentist, who went to dental school in the US, but was obligated to complete her
residency in Iran. She fled with her family back to the US 12+ years later and
was told she would have to redo all of dental school. She had a successful
orthodontic practice in Tehran and now sells real estate. What a waste, but her
family needed an income.The "take care of our own" attitude
is based on the false assumption that you can't help both groups. It also
implies that our own families somehow are "native" to this country.
Unless you are 100% First Nations, your family immigrated, too.
Sure, different countries have different standards. But a person who has already
studied for years shouldn't have to repeat everything all over again. Take
the final exams and maybe a practicum period, sure. Start completely over? What
a waste.I think this is a very important conversation. It's
difficult to speak in generalities though because having a degree in law vs.
teaching vs. medicine would all have very different implications.
This is such an important discussion. Thank you Lois Collins, for bringing it
up. I hope we can accomplish something similar to what Canada is doing for its
newcomers. We are missing out!
Why is the Chamber not honoring former Murray resident Bulmaro Mejia-Maya? He is
an immigrant of notoriety.
Payday loans are heavenly and here for them and for all of us who are turned
down by a bank.
Teachers can't even move states without going through a new certification
process that sometimes involves more classes, a test, etc. Why should a doctor
from another country be held to a lower standard than that?
Different countries, different standards.
Sometimes the distinction is well-deserved. In Mexico he earned an engineering
degree, but his skills would only qualify him to be a draftsman here. A lawyer
from Peru might only have the credentials of a paralegal here.Then
there is the underlying question: Doesn't Syria need that doctor more than
we do?At a time when our own college grads are packing boxes and
pouring coffee, this concern for immigrants seems out-of-place.