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H.R. 7164 (115th): To add Ireland to the E-3 nonimmigrant visa program.

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 20, 2018 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 7164


November 20, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Neal) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To add Ireland to the E–3 nonimmigrant visa program.


E–3 visas for Irish nationals


In general

Section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(E)(iii)) is amended by inserting or, on a basis of reciprocity as determined by the Secretary of State, a national of Ireland, after Australia.


Employer requirements

Section 212 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1182) is amended—


by redesignating the second subsection (t) (as added by section 1(b)(2)(B) of Public Law 108–449 (118 Stat. 3470)) as subsection (u); and


by adding at the end of subsection (t)(1) (as added by section 402(b)(2) of Public Law 108–77 (117 Stat. 941)) the following:


In the case of an attestation filed with respect to a national of Ireland described in section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii), the employer is, and will remain during the period of authorized employment of such Irish national, a participant in good standing in the E–Verify program described in section 403(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1324a note).



Visa allocation

Section 214(g)(11) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1184(g)(11)) is amended—


in subparagraph (A), by striking The Secretary of State may not approve a number of initial applications and inserting Except as provided in subparagraph (D), the Secretary of State may not approve a number of initial applications; and


by adding at the end the following:


Subject to the limitation in clause (ii), the Secretary may approve initial applications submitted for aliens described in section 101(a)(15)(E)(iii) for a fiscal year who are nationals of Ireland only in a number equal to the difference between 10,500 and the number of applications approved in a prior fiscal year for aliens who are nationals of the Commonwealth of Australia.


In no event may any application be approved such that the total number of initial applications approved in the period beginning on the first day of the fiscal year immediately preceding the fiscal year for which the application is made would be 21,000 or more.