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Update on H.R. 3012 & the Irish E-3 Visa

March 13, 2012

H.R. 3012, the bill which passed with strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives at the end of November 2011 and would remove per-country caps in employment-based and family-based categories, continues to be on hold by Senator Charles Grassley. The latest update suggests that Senator Grassley (R – Iowa) and Senator Brown (R – Massachusetts) have not been able to reach a compromise to allow the bill to go forward in the Senate.

Senator Brown has been promoting the Irish E-3 visa as an addition to the original bill to broaden its base of support. The Irish E-3 visa proposal would allow up to 10,000 Irish nationals to obtain nonimmigrant work visas which could be renewed after an initial two-year period. Senator Brown had suggested as recently as last month that the bill was “about to pop” but progress has stalled.

The site reports, “A major renewed effort with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell involved is seen as the only way forward now by proponents of the Irish bill.”


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