This week will be the last chance in 2018 for the United States Senate to vote on the bill that will grant citizens of Ireland access to the E-3 visa.
Australia is the only country which currently has access to the E-3 visa scheme which Ireland wants access to. For this to happen, the US Congress must pass legislation on it.
Last month, the bill got the votes of the US House of Representatives, but it still needs to cross the hurdle of getting the unanimous votes of the members of the US Senate.
6 senators of the Republican Party put a hold on the bill, but as at last week, out of the 100 members of the US Senate, the bill has only one opposition left.
This is the last week in 2018 for the current US Senate sitting. This means that, if this bill is to become successful, it must get the complete pass by the Senate this week!
A Senator of the Democratic Party, Brian Schatz took to his Twitter account, to express his concerns about the House Speaker, Paul Ryan being involved in the bill. He feels the Speaker is working on getting Irish immigrants into the US.
Australia gets 10,500 slots of those E-3 visas every year, but only about half of them are issued. The Irish want to be given access to the about half remaining visas.
The Irish has plans to reciprocate this visa scheme
The government of Ireland, on the other hand, is working on returning this opportunity with an arrangement that will relax the visa regulations for US citizens to come work in Ireland. This arrangement will also benefit US citizens who would like to spend their retirement in Ireland.
The US E-3 visas will only be valid for two years, but they can be renewed indefinitely if their holders wish to continue to stay in the US.
Spouses of E-3 visa holders will also get a work permit, but this provision does not extend to their children.
Rules for eligibility include employment in a specialty occupation, a job offer in the US and the right credentials to work.
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