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Students advised to start J1 visa applications now

Those planning to spend next summer in America should get the paperwork started

Students who want to spend summer 2018 in America are being urged to start early on their J-1 applications.

The advice comes from the US Embassy in Dublin. There are over 7,000 slots available for 2018 for those wishing to apply for the Summer Work Travel visa. In addition, over 1,000 jobs have been made available for anyone who wishes to be a Camp Counsellor.

The J-1 programme for Ireland is more than 50 years old. To date, over 160,000 Irish students have spent their summers in the United States under the programme. Concern was expressed last year that President Donald Trump would put an end to the visa programme. However, the US Embassy and Department of State have worked with the Summer Work and Travel visa sponsor agencies to ensure that Ireland would secure 7,000 visa spaces for 2018, the same number allocated for this year.

The J-1 summer work and travel programme is available to all full-time third level students. It enables students to spend the summer working in the United States with an additional 30 days to travel.

Since 2016, it is necessary for Irish applicants to have a job secured before travelling to the US, which allows them to start work as soon as they arrive.

J-1 participants must be accepted into an exchange visitor programme by a designated visa sponsor. The majority of Irish participants are sponsored by SAYIT, USIT, J-1 Ireland, Smaller Earth or World Wide Cultural Exchange. Many of these visa sponsor agencies hold job fairs to assist participants, starting in January.

The US embassy is now urging participants to apply early due to the large amount of paperwork involved, and to allow them sufficient time to secure a job before travelling.

Full details are available fron the US Embassy in Ireland and from the Department of Foreign Affairs

The CareersPortal Team

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