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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Introduces Poland Visa Waiver Act

May 5, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves on the Congressional Caucus on Poland, introduced legislation to include Poland in the in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP).

“This week, I was proud to introduce the Poland Visa Waiver Act, a simple and straightforward bill that will finally allow Poland to participate in the Visa Waiver Program,” said Rep. Quigley. “Admitting Poland into the VWP will strengthen diplomacy, increase security, and expand economic benefits for the United States and Poland alike. As a Member of the House Intelligence Committee, I routinely benefit from intelligence sharing and Poland’s inclusion in the VWP will only strengthen our vital strategic partnership. Poland’s exclusion from this program has been stalled for far too long, and I am pleased to introduce this legislation that will remedy that absence by guaranteeing equity for our longstanding friends and partners in Poland.”

For the past four Congresses, Rep. Quigley has led efforts to expand the Visa Waiver Program to include Poland and has worked tirelessly to promote Polish-American relations on all fronts. In 2010, he traveled to Poland and attended a conference in Krakow commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Community of Democracies.

Illinois' 5th Congressional District is home to more than 100,000 citizens of Polish ancestry. More than 1 million Poles call Chicago home, making it the highest concentration of Poles of any city outside of Warsaw.

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