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O'Neill welcomes new US visa bid

1 May, 2019 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Michelle O’Neill has welcomed the reintroduction of proposed legislation in Congress that that would give Irish workers access to thousands of American visas every year.

She was speaking after US Congressman Richard Neal reintroduced a Bill that would see Ireland included in  the E-3 visa programme. Every year, more than 10,500 E-3 visas are offered to Australians who want to work in the US, but only around half of them are taken up. Under Congressman Neal’s Bill, Ireland would to be able to access the remaining unused visas.

Michelle O’Neill said: 

“We very much welcome the news that Congressman Richard Neal has reintroduced the E3 VISA Bill to include Ireland.

“Representative Neal recently visited Ireland as part of a Congressional Delegation led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

"He is a long-time supporter of Ireland and the peace process who has always been a strong advocate for Ireland  on Capitol Hill.

“His commitment to immigration reform that will greatly benefit Irish workers is further evidence of that and we look forward to his proposal coming before the House and the Senate.”

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