A delegation from the US Congress will be visiting Ireland this April following the renewed push to secure an essential American visa deal for citizens of Ireland and the current looming uncertainty of Brexit.
Among the delegation, is expected to be Nancy Pelosi and Richard Neal, the US House of Representatives Speaker and Committee Chairman of the Ways and Means respectively.
The Ways and Means committee have the task and responsibility of overseeing trade deals that can exist between the US and the UK in the future after Brexit happens. Last month, Neal had, along with other members Congress, written to the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, alerting her of the possible repercussions of having a hard Border in Ireland.
He, along with many others, sponsored the E3 visa scheme last year, which was intended to secure access for Irish citizens to the special work visa deal existing only between the US and Australia. The E3 visa can be renewed bi-annually. Unfortunately, the bill did not get the required support in the US Senate. This bill, however, is coming back to the US House of Representatives in a matter of weeks.
The E3 visa pursuit is undoubtedly on
John Deasy, Ireland’s envoy to the US Congress, said Mr. Varadkar and the Irish delegation were made to understand during the programme of St Patrick’s Day held in Washington that the pursuit of the E3 visa scheme will continue.
The congressional delegation will be in Ireland from April 15th and will be there for some days. They will also be visiting Northern Ireland.
Neal has declared his support for having a trade deal between the US and the UK, but informed Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative who doubles as the British Ambassador to the US, that once the hard Border is established, there would be no going back.
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