J-1 Exchange Visitor Program

The J-1 Visa provides countless opportunities for international candidates looking to travel and gain experience in the United States. The multifaceted programs enable foreign nationals to travel to the United States to teach, study, conduct research, demonstrate special skills, or receive on the job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to a few years.

The most popular J-1 programs for students in Ireland are the J-1 Summer Work Travel and Camp Counselor Programs.

Summer Work Travel

The most popular J-1 Visa issued in Ireland is the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program. This program provides foreign students with an opportunity to live and work in the United States during their summer vacation from college or university and to share their culture and ideas with people in the United States through temporary work and travel experiences. Please follow this link for information on the program.

J-1 Camp Counselor

The J-1 Camp Counselor Program enables post-secondary students, youth workers, and teachers to share their culture and ideas with the people of the United States in camp settings throughout the country.  This Program is quickly gaining popularity with Irish students as it offers a unique opportunity to become fully immersed in American camp life, and to meet fellow J-1 participants from across the world.

Applying for a J-1

Before you can apply for a J-1 visa, you must first apply for and be accepted into an exchange visitor program through a designated sponsoring organization.  Visit the Department of State J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program website for a list of sponsors and contact one of their Irish partner agencies.

The partner agencies listed below recruit most of the J-1 participants from Ireland:

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information. 

Other J-1 Programs

The U.S. State Department facilitates a number of other J-1 programs. Please take time a moment to review the additional programs below to see if they would be of interest to you.