J-1 Visa Program Update

J1 Ireland has been advised by its J-1 Sponsors that all J-1 Visa applications will continue to be processed as normal for students proposing to travel to the US from May 11th, 2020.

The start date of the J-1 program for Irish students is May 15th.

J1 Ireland has extended its Job Offer submission date until May 1st, 2020. If a previously secured job offer has been withdrawn by an employer, you may submit another job offer.

All applications and supporting documentation are continuing to be processed in full and all J-1 Sponsor interviews are continuing as scheduled. Failure to participate in scheduled interviews with the J-1 Sponsor could lead to delays in the issuing of the approved J-1 Visa, DS-2019 paperwork. Please respond to the J-1 Sponsor should you wish to reschedule an interview.

Once all required documents have been submitted and your job offer has been completed by your employer, your application will be fully processed by the J-1 Sponsor and your J-1 Visa paperwork (DS-2019) will be made ready for issue and posting.

DS-2019 numbers will be issued to students in advance to allow students to immediately book their US Embassy appointment as soon as the Embassy in Dublin re-opens.

Final payment of the J-1 program fee will not be sought until such time as the student requests their DS-2019 paperwork to bring to their scheduled US Embassy appointment. It is recommended that you do not make the final payment of the J-1 program fee until the US Embassy in Dublin has reopened and has resumed its scheduling of interviews.

If final payment has been made, this will be returned to you by J1 Ireland in the event of the program not proceeding in 2020.

SEVIS and US Embassy fees are independent, non- refundable, third party fees and are not included in the J-1 Program fee.

Normal terms and conditions will continue to apply.

J1 Ireland would like to thank you for your patience as we strive to address all your enquiries in these challenging times outside of our normal office arrangements.

US Embassy Consular Services Update

As of 16 March, the United States Embassy in Ireland is cancelling routine Immigrant and Nonimmigrant visa appointments, in accordance with the Government of Ireland’s March 12 decree establishing country-wide school and cultural closures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date at this time.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Embassy Dublin website at ie.usembassy.gov