Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Thanks America 

The Australian media is just reporting that the US Congress has voted to introduce a new type of visa, called E3, specially to allow Australian university graduates with relevant work experience (and their spouses) to live and work in the United States for up to two years (although this will be able to be renewed indefinitely). This will represent a huge new opportunity for Australians, who previously had to compete with the rest of the world for 60,000 of H1B type work visas.

Polish Foreign Minister who is currently visiting the US is hopeful that this new initiative might be extended to cover another staunch American ally:
Polish foreign minister believes Poland may count on special US visas. Minister Adam Rotfeld used the example of Australia which will receive over 10 thousand visas for her citizens. Minister Rotfeld is convinced that a similar solution will apply to Polish citizens.
If so, this would go a long way to redressing some of the grievances felt inside Poland about being a first class ally, but a second class visitor - Poles still need to go through a long and costly process to obtain an American visa, while Old Europe countries benefit from the Visa Waiver Program.


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