Getting a work visa for the US could be far easier for Irish citizens 4 years ago

Getting a work visa for the US could be far easier for Irish citizens

Great news for anyone looking to live and work in the States.

New legislation in the US could see 5,000 work visas being made available for Irish citizens to live and work there, according to the Irish Times.


Under the proposed legislation, Irish citizens would become eligible for the E3 visa. This is a visa that's currently available to Australian citizens.

The E3 visa allows a person and their spouses to work and live in the US for two years.

A bill has been introduced to Congress with a vote expected to take place on the House floor as early as next week when Congress reconvenes after the mid-term elections.

The Bill must ultimately gain Senate support, where it needs unanimous consent.


The Government’s special envoy to the US, John Deasy, has been holding discussions with the office of House speaker Paul Ryan on a deal. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Washington has also been involved.

In return, the Irish Government would ease some of the requirements for Americans that want to retire to Ireland. For example, Ireland will grant US citizens the right to work for up to 20 hours a week and lower the minimum annual income levels that are currently required to retire to Ireland.