48. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has considered a proposal (details supplied) in relation to visas for highly skilled jobs and the undocumented Irish in the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57480/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The Government continues to attach particular importance to the welfare of the Irish abroad in general and especially to the position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. A resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish will continue to be pursued by the Government in our ongoing contacts with the US Administration and Congress. The advice of Ireland’s friends and contacts within the US Administra...

53. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he has raised the matter of US immigration reform and the status of the undocumented Irish with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her recent visit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 56191/12 asked on 13 Dec 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The Government continues to attach particular importance to the welfare of the Irish abroad in general and especially to the position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. A resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish migrants will continue to be pursued by the Government in our ongoing contacts with the US Administration and Congress. The advice of Ireland’s friends and contacts within the US A...

120. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress made to date on the introduction of an E-3 visa for Irish citizens wishing to work in the United States of America; the discussions, if any, that have taken place with representatives on Capitol Hill on the implementation of comprehensive immigration reform in the USA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 55423/12 asked on 11 Dec 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The outcome of the recent US Presidential election would appear to have advanced the prospects for the necessary reform of US immigration systems and procedures that would help improve the situation of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. Much further debate and discussion is likely to be required within the US political system as to what such reform might comprise. Through our Embassy in Washington and...

12. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to discuss immigration reform with the American Government regarding the status of the illegal Irish in America. (Question 50105/12 asked on 14 Nov 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The Government continues to attach particular importance to the welfare of the Irish abroad in general and especially to the position of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. A resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish migrants will continue to be pursued by the Government in our ongoing contacts with the US Administration and Congress, including by myself and the Taoiseach at every suitable opport...

69. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the extent to which any progress has been made in the matter of undocumented Irish in the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50470/12 asked on 14 Nov 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I am hopeful that the outcome of last week’s US Presidential election will advance the prospects for the necessary reform of US immigration systems and procedures that would help improve the situation of undocumented Irish immigrants in the United States. Much further debate and discussion is likely to be required within the US political system as to what such reform might comprise. Through our Embassy in Washington and...

24. Deputy Sandra McLellan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if there has been any recent discussions in relation to immigration reform between the Irish and American Governments, specifically regarding the status of the illegal Irish in the United States. (Question 44825/12 asked on 17 Oct 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 61 together.
The welfare of the Irish abroad is a very important priority for the Government. There are particular concerns in the United States where addressing the position of the undocumented Irish and reforming our migration arrangements are priorities for the Government in its contacts with the US Administration and Congress. 
The Government’s keen interest in a resolution o...

34. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the actions he has taken on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the USA; if he has discussed the E-3 Visa amongst members of Congress and the White House; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44878/12 asked on 17 Oct 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The welfare of the Irish abroad is a very important priority for the Government. There are particular concerns in the United States where addressing the position of the undocumented Irish and reforming our migration arrangements are priorities for the Government in its contacts with the US Administration and Congress. The Government’s keen interest in a resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish migrants is ...

60. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress that he has made to date on the issue of the undocumented Irish in the USA; if he has lobbied for the reviving of the E-3 Visa amongst members of Congress; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45092/12 asked on 17 Oct 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The welfare of the Irish abroad is a very important priority for the Government. There are particular concerns in the United States where addressing the position of the undocumented Irish and reforming our migration arrangements are priorities for the Government in its contacts with the US Administration and Congress. The Government’s keen interest in a resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish migrants is wel...

61. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade further to Parliamentary Question No. 23 of 11 July 2012, the progress made to date on resolving the issue of the undocumented Irish in the US; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 45009/12 asked on 17 Oct 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): I propose to take Questions Nos. 24 and 61 together.
The welfare of the Irish abroad is a very important priority for the Government. There are particular concerns in the United States where addressing the position of the undocumented Irish and reforming our migration arrangements are priorities for the Government in its contacts with the US Administration and Congress. 
The Government’s keen interest in a resolution o...

49. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the progress, if any, made in relation to the undocumented Irish citizens in the United States; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39559/12 asked on 19 Sep 2012 - Undocumented Irish in the USA)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Eamon Gilmore): The welfare of the Irish abroad is a very important priority for the Government. There are particular concerns in the United States where addressing the position of the undocumented Irish and reforming our migration arrangements are priorities for the Government in its contacts with the US Administration and Congress. The Government’s keen interest in a resolution of the situation for undocumented Irish migrants is ...