Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan had said that the Republican Congressman is intending to introduce a Bill and if it is passed it would allow thousands of people from the Ireland to apply for the “E3” visas for living and working in the US.
Mr. Flanagan is on a visit to Washington, has welcomed the plans by Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican Congressman of Wisconsin for tabling the legislation for visas for the people of Ireland for a limited period of time.
Mr.Sensenbrenner, who is also a former chairman of the committee of Influential House Judiciary, is expected to put his proposals in the Senate, seeking a maximum of 10,500 E3 working visas for the people of Ireland.
After meeting the Republican Congressman, Mr. Flanagan told that the Bill will prove to be important for the US-Irish relationship, as he didn’t expected the progress in the Congress on the legislation to help the “so called” undocumented people of the Ireland in the US.
He said that the Government of Ireland will seek support of both the Democrats and the Republicans in supporting the Bill to get passed.
Mr. Flanagan said on the proposed legislation that he believes that there is opportunity for discussion and debate.
Immigration reform is the highly controversial topic in the politics of the US and particularly in the middle of the frenzied race for Republican presidential nomination for the year 2016.
Meanwhile, this wide-ranging Bill includes provision for almost 10.000 E3 visas for Irish people a year, an arrangement similarly on offer to the Australians.
The end of the Bill drafted by eight Senators also spelt the end of the E3 proposal for Ireland, but the Bill would, however, survived the measure in separate piece of legislation.
Mr. Flanagan said on the Northern Ireland issue, that the political situation was at critical juncture, he also briefed the senior congressmen and also spoke on telephone about the issue with Gary Hart, Former US Senator, US secretary of state’s Northern Ireland envoy.
He urged the US politicians for their continued involvement in the North and also said that he believed there were some unresolved issues in Stormont around the table.