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News from the USA on J1 2022

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, who did his J1 summer in Washington D.C., was back in Washington recently and raised the visa matter at a positive meeting with US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo emphasising the value of the programme, both to USA employers and Irish students. 

Secretary Raimondo is believed to be confident that the visa programme could resume next summer, subject to the public health situation. Of course, if you book with us and in the unlikely event of the programme not proceeding, you will get a full refund on all but the €95 deposit… but get in early

Of the meeting, the Tánaiste said: “I raised the issue of the J1 summer visa with Secretary Raimondo. I pointed out that it wasn’t just a valuable source of seasonal workers for American business but also a formative experience for a lot of young Irish people who get a chance to discover and even fall in love with America.” 

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney, was also in Washington recently and met with Secretary Raimondo. He told thejournal.ie that whether the J1 visa programme resumes will “depend on the trajectory of the pandemic between now and then”. 

“For now we have to absolutely focus on the travel ban being lifted and making that a success. We will of course be keeping the work up on J1,” he said. 

Taoiseach Micheal Martin, on a recent visit to New York, met with NY Governor Kathy Hochul (great Kerry connections!) who expressed that she would love to see Irish students back in New York on the J1 visa programme again.  

She said: “It’s part of growing up — I spent time in Ireland and London as a student and I’m a better person for having that international experience. I feel it is really discouraging to me that during the Trump administration there was such a suppression of anyone coming here.” 

So… America is open for Irish J1 students for 2022 and the experience of a lifetime… Fulfil your rite of passage in 2022 with a SAYIT J1 Work and Travel Visa. 

Our word of advice is to book early, as due to staff levels at the US embassy in Dublin- we don’t know for sure how many people will be invited to interview. SAYIT J1 will make your embassy appointments on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. 

Michael Doorley 

Managing Director 

Click here to apply for the 2022 J1 Visa now.

Click here to read about 2022 costs and Covid19 policy.

Questions? Pop us an email to j1visa@sayit.ie or call 021 4279 190. Our advisors are here Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-5:30.

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