President Donald Trump has raised the hopes once more for those who have been looking forward to the success of the bill to give Irish citizens access to the E3 visa. The US president inspired this hope when he mentioned that he intervened with those stalling the progress of the bill in Congress.
Mr. Trump had a discussion with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a bilateral meeting in Shannon Airport two days ago over the E3 visa which after passing the US House of Representatives, did not go through the Senate as it didn't get the unanimous support required to pass it.
Tom Cotton, a senator from Arkansas, blocked the opportunity for Irish citizens to get a proportion of the E3 visa which is currently only accessible to Australians when he voted against the bill. The US president, while making one of his first public comments on the matter, revealed that he had spoken to Senator Cotton on the issue.
Senator Cotton meant no harm
Mr. Trump revealed that he already believed that they were going to be successful this time. He told his audience that Senator Cotton meant no harm and that he (Cotton) expressed his love for Ireland.
John Deasy, the special envoy of the US government in the US Congress, has formed a liaison with Trump's Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, on the E3 visa matter. Before one can access the E3 visa, they must first have a job offer in the US and meet specific educational certification requirements. Just last month, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee reintroduced the bill in the US House of Representatives.
At the bilateral meeting at Shannon Airport, the Secretary of the US Treasury, Steve Mnuchin; the National Security Adviser of the US, John Bolton, and Mr. Mulvaney are attended.
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