John Deasy, the special envoy to the US for the government of Ireland has revealed that the US House of Representatives will be deliberating on a bill this week. The bill will be proposing the introduction of a new US visa-category for citizens of Ireland.
This visa deal with the US is believed to provide opportunities for thousands of Irish citizens to travel to the US to work and live. Likewise, more Americans could also be able to live and work in Ireland.
According to the report by Irish Times, two congressmen, Richard Neal, and Jim Sensenbrenner have already introduced this bill to Congress to allow citizens of Ireland to apply for the E3 visa.
Will the Irish reciprocate?
In reciprocation, the Irish government will relax the requirements for US citizens who want to migrate to Ireland to make the entire process easier for them. Some of the changes in the requirements include bringing down the bar for the required annual income level and permitting them to work for up 20 hours per week.
At the moment, only citizens of Australia can apply for this visa. The US allocates 10,500 E3 visas every year to applicants from Australia, but surprisingly, only half of the number is picked up.
There is speculation going around that the new bill proposes that Irish citizens be asked to apply for the other half. This would mean an annual allocation of about 5,000 E3 visas to Irish citizens.
The Homeland Security was earlier drafting the new legislation and this week, the House when it comes back from the midterm elections, could take a vote on it. But then, even if the bill passes in the House, it will still need unanimous support from the Senate.
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