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Measure would provide Irish nationals with E-3 visas

Many individuals from a wide range of countries seek to come to the United States to obtain temporary or permanent employment. However, in order to come to America for employment, a certain process must be followed. This requires obtaining the proper documentation, such as a specific visa, for the type of work the foreign national will be carrying out.

According to recent reports, the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, is pushing for a bill that could provide Irish nationals with thousands of jobs. This legislation cleared the House and, if passed, it would give Irish citizens access to unused E-3 visas, which is currently available to only Australians in specialty occupations that also require a bachelor's degree.

This bill would create a reciprocal agreement with Ireland. This means that in providing jobs to Irish nationals, Ireland would offer additional work visas to Americans as well as other concessions. If passed, this bill would draw from a pool of 10,500 work visas issued each year in the E-3 program, which was created in 2005. Irish nationals would then have access to any visa that remained unused by Australian nationals the preceding fiscal year.

No matter the type of employment a foreign national is seeking in the United States, it is important that one considers the process and options available. This means considering the visa process as well as the visas he or she qualifies for. Becoming fully informed of the process not only eases the process but helps ensure that everything is done properly and his or her rights are protected as well.

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