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J-1 Irish Work Travel Program 2021 (12 Month Visa)

Program fee €1199

Please note that in the current uncertain climate, the J-1 Irish Work Travel program remains subject to any governmental travel guidance or restrictions and the relevant governmental offices remaining open for the processing of applications and your application and payment of the non-refundable deposit is made in that context. It is important that you read and understand the terms and conditions of the programme prior to making the payment of the non-refundable deposit and agreeing to the terms and conditions.

See Department of Foreign Affairs and US Embassy in Ireland for more information.

Program Administration Fee:

  • Includes Administration costs, other social services as provided by case manager, and the cost of a site visit, if needed. Postage costs of DS 2019 form.

Additional Fees:

  • Embassy Fee: $160
  • SEVIS Fee: $220

The program is open to Irish Citizens only, currently enrolled in and actively pursuing a degree  or students that graduated no more than 12 months prior to date of intended arrival in the US.

Participants do not have to have an Internship pre-arranged before arrival in the US and are eligible to engage in a paid internship, in their field of study, for one year.

However you must have an approved internship within 2 months of commencement of your program. The visa will be issued for 12 months and you can come into the US up to 30 days prior – and leave up to 30 days after that period.

J1 Ireland’s Partner The Ireland Institute of Pittsburgh issues J-1 IWT paperwork in the following categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education, Social Sciences, Library Sciences, Counselling and Social Services
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Management, Business, Commerce and Finance
  • The Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics and Industrial Occupations

DS-2019 Issuance: Once we have approved your application, we will issue the DS-2019…this is the document you will take with you to the US Consulate/US Embassy in Northern Ireland or Dublin, etc. Once it is issued – you will be emailed with two sets of codes that can be then used to book your interview with the embassy/consulate. You don’t need to have the physical paperwork in hand to book the interview – but you must have it in hand to go to interview. So when booking you should schedule longer than one week . The DS-2019 form will be mailed to you.