On March 20, 2013, Representatives Eni Faleomavaega (AS) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27) introduced a bipartisan legislation titled “The United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Fairness Act of 2013.”

This legislation, if passed, would grant South Korean nationals the same eligibility for E-3 (temporary employment) visa status as granted to Australian citizens following the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Adding South Korean nationals to the E-3 visa category was one of the policy objectives that Korean American Civic Empowerment chose to pursue in 2013.

Please write to your legislators and politicians, urging for their support of this key legislation.

 

The following is a press release by Representatives Faleomavaega and Ros-Lehtinen.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:   March 20, 2013
Washington, D.C.     FALEOMAVAEGA AND ROS-LEHTINEN INTRODUCE BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION TITLED “THE UNITED STATES –KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT FAIRNESS ACT OF 2013”

Representative Eni Faleomavaega and Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced bipartisan legislation today which would grant Republic of Korea nationals the same eligibility for E-3 (temporary employment) visa status as granted to Australian citizens following the successful negotiation of the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
“South Korea is a major global economic power and America’s seventh largest trading partner,” Congressman Faleomavaega noted. “It is a matter of fairness that the citizens of such a major trading partner and strategic ally of the United States are granted the same visa privileges as those extended to the citizens of Australia, now that we have a free trade agreement with both countries.”
“The admission of South Korean professionals for temporary employment in specialty occupations will further enhance the economic competitiveness of the United States,” the Congressman added.  “Based on our past national experience with the creativity and multiple contributions made by the Korean-Americans to the United States, one can only say that this is a win-win situation for both of our countries.”
Congressman Faleomavaega noted the enthusiasm and support for the proposed legislation expressed by the Korean-American community, especially such organizations as the Korean American Civic Empowerment of New York and its Executive Director, Mr. Dong Suk Kim.

 

The following links are to articles covering this introduction.

House.gov

High Beam

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