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MEP Kelly meets US Congressman on new visa prospects for Irish citizens

Published: Fri, 16 October 2015

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The Leader of the Fine Gael delegation in the European Parliament, Seán Kelly MEP, met with US Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner in the European Parliament, Brussels this week, to discuss a planned bill which could potentially allocate thousands of visas to Irish citizens.

Congressman Sensenbrenner is aiming to make the E3 visa, currently available to Australian citizens in the US, available to Irish people who want to live and work in the US for up two years, on a renewable basis. The visa would also apply to spouses and children of visa holders.

MEP Kelly welcomed the initiative but noted that there are a great deal of legislative hurdles to overcome before it is achieved.

“I am hopeful that US legislators will see the huge potential this new visa arrangement could bring for its country. Many young Irish people especially would love to travel and work across America under the scheme and would, as they have always done, continue to make a contribution to society there,” he said after the meeting.

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