Senator Charles Schumer Unveils New Irish Visa Bill

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How It’s New York:  Chuck Schumer is a New York Senator.
How It’s Irish:  He proposed this after meeting with Irish community leaders in NY. 

Via IrishCental.com’s Molly Muldoon, here’s some news we thought you’d want to know about!  It’s not an Arts story per se but it affects an awful lot of artists.  Read it all on their site.  Is it fair, what do you think?  comments range from variations on “yay” to “this won’t cover the people here illegally already” and remarks about reciprocity and thinking it won’t happen anyway as well as grumbling about the Celtic Tiger.  Read the rest there but please comment here too– I want to know what you think!

Senator Charles Schumer unveils new Irish visa bill 
If passed as is, undocumented Irish already in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for the program

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MOLLY MULDOON,

Published Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 7:24 AM
Updated Friday, December 16, 2011, 1:01 PM


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Senator Chuck Schumer pictured with Ciaran Staunton of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in DC on Tuesday

Senator Chuck Schumer pictured with Ciaran Staunton of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform in DC on Tuesday
Photo by U.S. Senate Photographic Studio-


New York Senator Charles Schumer introduced an immigration bill to the Senate on Tuesday which will potentially permit 10,000 Irish citizens, per year, to live and work in the U.S. on a new E-3 non-immigrant visa.
Described by Schumer as a “common sense bill,” if it is passed as it is currently written, undocumented Irish already in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for the program.

Described by Schumer as a “common sense bill,” if it is passed as it is currently written, undocumented Irish already in the U.S. may be eligible to apply for the program.
Schumer and Democratic Senate colleagues Pat Leahy and Dick Durbin co-sponsored the legislation, which was unveiled to the Senate on Tuesday afternoon.  It was introduced as an amendment to the bill that passed the House last month which would allow for better access to employment and family-based visas for natives of Mexico, the Philippines, China and India.
“We are eager to work in a bi-partisan fashion to pass this bill at the earliest opportunity,” Schumer commented on Tuesday.
“It has already passed the House with overwhelming bi-partisan support and we hope that we will find similar support in the Senate for this common sense bill that improves the fairness and efficiency of our immigration system, while also including a mutual visa exchange with Ireland, one of America’s steadfast allies.”

The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2011 would allow undocumented Irish to apply for an existing waiver of inadmissibility which exists under the current E-3 law for Australians.

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