Additional J-1 Summer Work and Travel Visas Available in Ireland

U.S. Embassy Dublin
Office of Public Affairs


February 15, 2017

The U.S. Embassy is delighted to announce that an additional 2,600 J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) slots for 2017 have been allocated by the U.S. Department of State for use in Ireland.  This brings Ireland’s SWT allocation to 7,000, which is in line with 2015 figures, before the introduction of the global pre-placement policy by independent U.S. sponsoring agencies.

The pre-placement policy introduced in 2016 requires all prospective J-1 participants, including those from Ireland, to provide evidence of a pre-arranged job in the United States as part of their J-1 applications, prior to their travel to the United States. 

Over 50 years old, with over 150,000 past participants in total, the J-1 SWT program in Ireland plays an extremely important role in advancing people-to-people relations between our two countries.

The U.S. Embassy in Dublin is fully committed to the success of the J-1 programs in Ireland.  In addition to the popular Summer Work and Travel program, Irish students can participate in the Camp Counselor, Au Pair, and Intern programs.  The Embassy is working with Irish government representatives as well as U.S. and Irish program implementers to ensure Irish students continue to benefit from the J-1 programs.

The U.S. Embassy in Dublin advises students who are interested in applying for the J-1 Summer Work and Travel (SWT) program in 2017 to begin the application process as soon as possible and to be proactive.

For more information please see our J-1 Summer Work and Travel Page