Hopes for Extra US Visas for Irish people Hit by setback

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. US E3 Visa for Ireland suffers setback 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.

When will the voting be scheduled?

By the way, things are going, the House of Representatives may not be taking any vote on the bill before Thanksgiving, but it could still be scheduled to be held later this month. Again, the Senate would have to support the bill unanimously before it could be passed. Ireland hopes to get the support of Congress before the expiration of the current congress term. Deasy said he understood why Australia would be concerned about the proposed bill. According to him, the redrafting of the bill was in progress, and it will make very clear that Australia's quota will never be tampered with. He had hopes that the issue will be resolved quickly. Stay connected to VisaTime to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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