WBEZ | chicago polish http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-polish Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Kirk, Quigley to talk visa-free travel for Polish http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-quigley-talk-visa-free-travel-polish-108476 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP264306511866.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Polish-American organization says two Illinois lawmakers plan to reiterate their support for giving Polish citizens the chance to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley have been outspoken in support of including Poland in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. The Polish American Association says both will speak Wednesday at its Chicago facility.</p><p>A provision to grant Poles visa-free travel is part of comprehensive immigration legislation.</p><p>Supporters say the city&#39;s large Polish-American community would make Chicago a popular destination for visitors. The Chicago area has one of the largest Polish populations outside of Poland.</p><p>Poland&#39;s consul general in Chicago, Paulina Kapuscinska, is scheduled to join the legislators at the event.</p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/kirk-quigley-talk-visa-free-travel-polish-108476 Illinois lawmakers back visa waivers for Polish citizens http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-back-visa-waivers-polish-citizens-105345 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/davidwilson1949_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Three members of Illinois&#39; congressional delegation have reintroduced legislation that would waive visas for visitors to the U.S. from countries like Poland.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and congressmen Mike Quigley and Aaron Schock reintroduced the Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act on Monday. The program allows foreign citizens of participating countries to travel without a visa in the U.S. for up to 90 days.</p><p>While Poland is a key U.S. ally, the country isn&#39;t included at least partly out of concern Polish visitors will stay as illegal immigrants. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and congressmen Luis Gutierrez, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Lipinski, Jan Schakowsky, Brad Schneider and John Shimkus also support the program.</p><p>The metropolitan Chicago area is home to nearly 1 million residents of Polish ancestry.</p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 08:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-lawmakers-back-visa-waivers-polish-citizens-105345