Re-elect Dan Lipinski Congressman

Poland Residents Might Not Need Visas to Visit US

March 8, 2011
By Nick Gale

Two Democratic congressmen  joined Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk on Casimir Pulaski Day yesterday in a push to include Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program.

U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley (D-Chicago) and Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) are backing legislation drafted by Kirk that would do away with visas for those visiting the U.S. for a short period of time from Poland. Currently there are 36 foreign nations eligible to participate in VWP, which allows foreign visitors to travel to the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

“My district is home to more than 100,000 people of Polish ancestry, and this issue is important to many of us,” said Lipinski, also of Polish roots. “Having contributed to the fight in Afghanistan and Iraq, Poland is one our most reliable allies and I believe it should qualify for participation in the waiver program.”

Kirk hopes the legislation becomes law before the next Casimir Pulaski Day, which honors the Polish born U.S. Revolutionary War hero. Other nations that participate in VWP include Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Hungry, Norway, Sweden and Greece.


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