J-1 Irish Work & Travel Steps

Generally, this process takes about two to three months and must be completed before you arrive in the US. Keep this in mind as you consider when you might want to come to the States so you can plan ahead.

If you are applying for the J-1 Irish Work & Travel (IWT) visa, you are applying without an internship placement lined up. Here are the application steps!



For more detailed list of steps, please review the timeline below:

Step 1: Register your Interest

You will register your interest for the J-1 visa at rianj1.org. We will send you important information to help you prepare for the program! See Below.  

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Step 2: Application Preparation

Send the following to us: a. employer research spreadsheet. b. U.S. style Resume & draft cover letter. c. Copy of your passport photo page. d. University letter / Degree scroll copy. After review, we will notify you if we can process an application from you.    

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Step 3: Application Processing

You will: a) Complete a contact form. b) Sign the 90 day / intern agreement form. c) Accept the terms and conditions. d) Make your Application Processing Payment (APP)  

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Step 4: Sponsor meeting

You will virtually meet with a Rian J-1 staff member to discuss your visa program. This is a great opportunity to bring any questions you have regarding the visa process!

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Step 5: Program Management Payment &Provide Health Insurance

You make your Program Management Payment (PMP) & provide your Health Insurance coverage. Once this is approved, we will issue your DS-2019 and post it to you. The DS-2019 is one of the forms an EV will take with them to the embassy. It is completed by the visa sponsor (Rian). Once it has been issued and sent via mail to the EV, the EV then can schedule & book their embassy interview. 

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Step 6: Pre-departure activity

You will be: a) adding to your employer research b)connecting with employers including arranging meet-ups for just after you arrive in the U.S. c) developing your networks d) Travel to the U.S!   

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