It seems that this one has passed somewhat under the radar, for understandable reasons, but well done to the Irish embassy and the government if the current provisions make it through to the end; it shows that a small country can still exert a strong degree of influence if it networks intelligently (including avoiding spending millions on lobbyists, as South Korea apparently did):
Ireland and South Korea extracted measures that set aside for their citizens a fixed number of the highly sought special visas for guest workers seeking to come to the United States.http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/us...r-some.html?hpAn Irish-American group, working with the Irish Embassy, hired former Representative Bruce Morrison, Democrat of Connecticut, to help push its cause, arguing that changes in immigration law decades ago created an unfair barrier to citizens of Ireland in gaining access to the United States.
In 1990, he inserted a provision, since named the Morrison Visa, into immigration legislation that temporarily gave special preference to citizens of Ireland and a small number of other nations. The current proposal would allow work visas for 10,500 Irish citizens annually who are high school graduates, an unusual opportunity, since such visas are generally reserved for foreigners considered “high skilled.”
Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland joined the effort, making the case with President Obama at St. Patrick’s Day events in Washington.