The GAA has confirmed that New York will not compete in this year's innaugural Tier 2 championship and would need to bring a motion to Congress if they want to participate in the competition in the future.
The Exiles haven't won a Championship game since they were brought into Connacht in 1999, losing 21 games in New York in that time.
They are yet to to compete in the All-Ireland qualifiers, since they were first introduced in 2001, owing to the logistical issues of long-distance travel and potential visa issues for some of their players.
Before Christmas, GAA President John Horan confirmed to RTÉ Sport that he would like to see a Championship game played on the US east coast each summer.
"It's a matter for Congress," said a spokesperson for the GAA when asked about New York playing in this summer's yet-to-be-named tier 2 competition.
"New York could have submitted a motion to Congress but they chose not to.
"They could have also looked to submit a motion when we brought in the second tier last October, but again they didn't do so.
"They haven't been 'turned down', as has been reported this week. Rather, they can only be admitted once Congress approves."
New York will play Galway in the Connacht Championship on 3 May.