Hopes for the introduction of the US E3 Visa for citizens of Ireland has met a setback as Congress decided against voting on the bill this week as earlier expected. Note though, that Australia, being the only country that the visa is available to, has raised some concerns over Ireland's proposed bill of taking up the 5,000 slots usually unused by their citizens. John Deasy, Ireland's special envoy to the US, has been working and negotiating on making the Irish eligible to apply for the E3 Visa along with their Australian counterparts. Since Australia takes up only about half of the total number of 10,500 E3 Visas allocated each year, Ireland hopes to get at least 5,000 of the visas reserved for her citizens every year. In previous proposals of this legislation, Ireland sought to pick up the quota not used by Australians, but in the current draft bill, the country intends to compete for the 10,500 visa slots with Australia. At the moment, the bill is undergoing amendments by the Department of Homeland Security so as to include and subsequently, handle these concerns.
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