7th May 2013
Hi J1ers. Your final packs are being organised at the moment. We are doing them in date order beginning with students departing from the 15th May. You will receive a text and/ or email once your pack is ready for collection. Please bear with us during this period.
23rd April 2013
Social Security Applications - CHICAGO
The Social Security Office has reached out to InterExchange and said that in the past few years, many Irish students have showed up to their office in groups of 15 or more, many without having ever registered in SEVIS, contacted the sponsor, or prepared any paperwork for their application.
For students going to Chicago in 2013, please use the dates below only when calling to the Social Security office. The offices will have a special conference room set aside for Irish students on these dates and the following times:
Wednesday, May 29 9:00 AM-11:00 AM (Wednesday-- all Social Security offices are only open until noon).
Thursday, May 30th 9:00AM -12:00 PM
Thursday, June 6th 9:00AM – 12:00 PM
Monday, June 10th 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Friday, June 14th 9:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Also attached is a full list of offices in Chicago. Many students go directly to the Loop office at the advice of locals in Chicago, but there may be much closer offices for them. The Loop offices had serious problems last year and are hoping to avoid them in 2013.
Here is a full list of the offices in Chicago Social Security Offices in Chicago
11th April 2013
The Exam Repeat insurance will not be applied to any booking made after the 20th April 2013.
22nd March 2013
The US Embassy has revised the exchange rate for the embassy fee from €120/ $160 to €128/ $160. Please ensure that you keep up-to-date with the correct amount required.
28th February 2013
As of the 6th February 2013, the US State Department has indicated that it will no longer allow J1 students to work in single guard supervised swimming pools.
15th November 2012
Any student who was terminated on the 2012 J1 program are no longer eligible to apply for the J1 2013 visa.
13th November 2012
The US State Department has decided to change the dates for DS-2019 (work permit) validity from the date currently set at the 1st June - 30th September to the 15th May - 15th September. That still gives maximum four months validity and also facilitates those students who finish exams mid May and wish to begin their J1 earlier. There is no change to the 30 days grace period.