Minister for the Diaspora, Jimmy Deenihan, TD has launched a new guide for J1 visa applicants with U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin F. O’Malley at a J1 orientation session in UCD. The guide was produced by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) and was supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The guide contains advice on insurance, legal issues, money, accommodation, ID and personal safety.
Minister Deenihan delivered a speech at J1 Orientation session for J1 visa applicants in UCD.
In his speech, he spoke of his own experience travelling to the USA and of the "wonderful opportunity for you to participate in a cultural exchange in which you can experience all that the United States has to offer".
He outlined the many benefits of such travel such as the friendships they make and the work experience they will get.
Deenihan went on to outline the details of the J1 guide which the students should familiarise themselves with, especially as issues can arise which can be related to accommodation, empployment and insurance.
The minister warned about the differences of a new country
"Be aware, too, that while you may feel like you know the US already, it is a very different country, with very different rules, to Ireland. You need to respect the law at all times – just because you think what you’re doing is “just a bit of craic” doesn’t mean it may not land you in jail in the USA.
Should you have need of their services or their assistance, the Irish Embassy in the USA, as well as our six consulates across the country, stand ready to assist. The embassy is in Washington DC; our consulates are located in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York and San Francisco. Contact details for all of these are in this document, or you can find contact details for them on our website at www.dfa.ie "
You can access the guide at