Potential New E-3 Visa for Irish Citizens
Potential New Irish E-3 Visa
The E-3 visa option currently gives 10,500 professional visas per year to Australian citizens. Typically, Australians only ever use about 5,000 of these E-3 visas per year. There is currently a bill before the Senate that would allow Irish citizens to avail of these surplus E-3 visas. A vote is expected any day now and unanimous approval is required. As of writing this (12/12/2018), there was only one Senate hold remaining.
For Australians to qualify for the E3 visa, they must:
have a U.S. employer sponsor
show that the position is a “specialty occupation” meaning that it normally requires at least a Bachelor’s degree in specific field
show that they have that specific Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent of it in work experience (12 years of work experience)
demonstrate that their stay in the States will be temporary
In addition to the above requirements, it’s important to note that E-3 spouses can get an independent work permit.
The bill is a great demonstration of bipartisan cooperation and it was co-sponsored by Democrat Richard Neal and Republican Jim Sensenbrenner, with support from US-based Irish groups in addition to Irish politicians.
Our Managing Attorney, Fiona McEntee and Chicago-based Irish Senator Billy Lawless have been long-time advocates and supporters of the potential E-3 visa for Irish citizens.