Advice to Irish Students visiting the USA on J1 Programme

It is hoped that all Irish students taking part in the J1 Summer Work and Travel Programme will have a rewarding and successful visit to the USA.  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade wishes to highlight some advice to those travelling this summer.  Ambassador Michael Collins, in the Irish Embassy in Washington DC, said:

“I wish all J1 Summer Work and Travel participants from Ireland a rewarding and enjoyable visit to the USA this summer. However, in order that they make the most out of it, I would also urge Irish students to plan well for their visit and to stay safe throughout.”

In particular, students should ensure before travelling that they will be able to secure accommodation at their end destination.  Reports are already emerging that lack of accommodation has been a serious issue for some Irish J1 students in some traditional destinations such as Chicago.

Passports should be kept secure at all times and do not attempt to travel on a passport that was ever reported as lost or stolen.  Ensure that you have enough funds to get up and running in the USA and to maintain yourself throughout your stay.

The Irish Embassy in Washington DC and Consulates General throughout the USA will be able to provide emergency consular assistance should it be needed, although they cannot organise accommodation or employment for students.

For further advice for Irish J1 students, please see the Department’s website, www.dfa.ie, and the website of the Irish Embassy in Washington DC, www.embassyofireland.org, which also has contact details for each of the Irish Consulates General in the US.  Travel advice updates are available on Twitter @DFATravel. 

Press Office

08 June 2012

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