29 September 2008

Ireland donates a further $1.5 million for US-Irish immigration

The Irish government has donated $1.5 million to immigration organisations in America. In a statement from Michael Martin, U.S. Foreign Minister, on Sunday, he confirmed that the Irish government would be giving $1,518,500 to 16 immigration organisations nationwide.

The organisations receiving funding from Ireland will be those providing frontline support and advice to Irish nationals now living in America.  Over $3.1 million has already been donated this year to American organisations to help Irish immigrants settle quickly and easily into American society.  Around 50,000 Irish nationals are currently facing deportation after living and working in the country without American visas.

"The allocations that I am announcing today are to organizations that ... work with the undocumented Irish, whose status remains an issue of the highest priority for the government and which I have raised with key US legislators in the course of my visit," said Mr Martin.

To date, the Irish government has donated more than $8 million to settlement organisations in America, and have been pressuring the American government to grant the undocumented Irish legal status.

The American Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in American visa and immigration services.

Article by Jessica Bird, American Visa Bureau.

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