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US Embassy

Studying in Ireland

It is mandatory for all students studying in Ireland to attend an interview at the US Embassy in Dublin. The US Embassy charge a non-refundable processing fee of $185 for Irish and UK passport holders. The fee is subject to change without notice and may vary depending on currency fluctuations

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Studying in Northern Ireland/ UK

Students studying in Northern Ireland may choose to attend the embassy in Dublin or in the Consulate in Belfast (organized by themselves)

Students in the United Kingdom are responsible for organizing their own embassy appointment in London.  Please be aware that any interview conducted in a US Embassy outside Ireland is subject to their own processing fee. You will need to contact the Embassy in question directly to book your interview. We strongly advise this option.

If you decide to interview with the US Embassy in Ireland please be aware that Embassy processing can take up to three weeks or longer. During this time your passport will be retained by the US Embassy, this may affect any immediate travel arrangements that you have planned. Passports retained by the US Embassy is completely beyond our control.

European Erasmus students

Students taking part in the Erasmus program are responsible for organizing their own embassy appointment in the US embassy located closest to them (if they wish to not interview in the Dublin embassy). Please be aware that any interview conducted in a US Embassy outside Ireland is subject to their own processing fee. You will need to contact the Embassy in question directly to book your interview. We strongly advise this option. A list of the US Embassies throughout Europe can be found HERE

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You must bring to the US Embassy the following documents:

  •  DS2019 - Please print your DS2019 from your US Sponsor Account. Please ensure you sign and date this at the bottom of the page in blue ink only. (Keep this document safe after the interview as you will need to present it to Customs & Border Protection at the airport and other authorities in the US.)
  •  DS-160 Confirmation Letter (Instructions on how to complete your DS-160 form will be on your tracking account). 
  •  Your valid passport
  •  One colour photograph. Glasses are not allowed. It must be less than 6 months old, 2 inches square (50mm x 50mm), ideally taken by a pharmacist or photo professional.

 

Final Year Students Only!

US Government regulations require consular officers to assume that all non-immigrant visa applicants are intending to immigrate to the US.  You are responsible for proving to the consular officer that you plan to return home after completing your J1 exchange experience.

A letter from a Course Coordinator / Head of Department stating your intent or confirming that you will be returning to full-time education following your J1 and continuing with at least one more year of full-time study. This must lead to a degree or higher qualification. OR a letter from a bona fide employer offering a full-time position on your return from the US.

Please note:

   The US Embassy releases passports to one central DPD Depot in Dublin. If you can not collect your passport from this depot, you will need to pay an additional fee to have your passport released to your home address. This can only be done at the time of booking an appointment.

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