Rian J-1 – Latest News & Updates

Update April 6, 2022 

With the travel ban now lifted and our visa program back up and running we are happy to report that we are now processing U.S. J1 Graduate Visa applications from both 2021 graduates and 2022 graduates (we are also helping current University students who have placements pre-set).  You can register here.   

Since 2008 we have helped over 3000 Irish students and graduates as they fulfill their dreams of living and working in the U.S. for up to one year.  Over that time we have observed a common trend being that those who were well prepared in terms of their employer research and networking plans had much higher rates of success, as opposed to those who arrived in the U.S. unprepared, which often led to struggles.  To help you all achieve success we have introduced an important preparation element to our application process.  

Feedback from J1s currently in the U.S. tells us that this preparation has been critical in helping them settle, develop their networks, and in helping them find paid work in their areas of study, quickly.   

If you choose to apply with Rian J1 then we will help you as best as we can so that you can achieve your dreams, have a great time in the U.S., and return to Ireland with a wonderful piece of work experience on your resume.  

See link to register, above.  Please continue to check in here for updates.

Update: February 1, 2022

Since the U.S. travel ban lifted in November we have been busy helping many Irish University students obtain visas for their U.S. based placements.  We are delighted to have worked through those applications and it is exciting that these students are now arriving in the U.S. and are starting their placements.  It is now time to start inviting applications from those on our J1 Graduate visa waitlist.  However it must be noted that major delays remain, most notably with the postal services, and the setting of U.S. Embassy appointments and as a result it is taking longer than usual to process an application and receive a visa.

We have begun processing applications from 2021 grads with deadlines approaching very soon, soon to be followed by 2021 grads with later deadlines, and then 2022 grads (who have greater flexibility in terms of travel).  We trust there would be understanding that this is a fair way to handle the applications.   Due to the delays we are unable to help add any more graduates who completed their studies / course in 2021, or anyone who needs to travel urgently. If you are set to finish your study in 2022 and wish to join our J-1 visa program waitlist then please register your interest here.  

Please note: if you are set to graduate in 2022, and have flexibility with travel plans, please register your interest. If you are looking to travel in the next 3-4 month, please explore other sponsor.

We look forward to helping many Irish students and graduates achieve their dreams of living and working in the U.S. for up to one year. Please continue to check in here for updates.

 

Update: January 14, 2022

Since the U.S. travel ban lifted in November we have been busy helping many Irish University students obtain visas for their U.S. based placements.   We are delighted to have worked through those applications and it is exciting that these students are now arriving in the U.S. and are starting their placements.  It is now time to start inviting applications from those on our J1 Graduate visa waitlist.  However it must be noted that major delays remain, most notably with the postal services, and the setting of U.S. Embassy appointments and as a result it is taking longer than usual to process an application and receive a visa.

We have begun processing applications from 2021 grads with deadlines approaching very soon, soon to be followed by 2021 grads with later deadlines, and then 2022 grads (who have greater flexibility in terms of travel).  We trust there would be understanding that this is a fair way to handle the applications.   Due to the delays we are unable to help add any more graduates who completed their studies / course in 2021, or anyone who needs to travel urgently. If you are set to finish your study in 2022 and wish to join our J-1 visa program waitlist then please register your interest here.  

We look forward to helping many Irish students and graduates achieve their dreams of living and working in the U.S. for up to one year. Please continue to check in here for updates.

Update: August 10, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Rian J-1 Graduate visa program. The latest update, received on 26th July 2021, stated that the travel ban to the U.S. for non U.S.citizens is to remain in place for now. We understand there is speculation that the travel ban could be relaxed soon, but at this stage this is no more than speculation. Furthermore the latest updates from the U.S. Embassy (Dublin) and the U.S. Consulate (Belfast) stated that they are not yet ready to process J1 visa applications, as they are prioritizing U.S. citizen work at this time. Therefore we are currently unable to accept applications for the J1 visa program. We do hope that this will change soon. If you wish to join our J-1 visa program waitlist and have not yet registered then please register your interest here. We look forward to helping many Irish students and graduates achieve their dreams of living and working in the U.S. for up to one year. Please continue to check in here for updates.

 

Update: June 10, 2021

Thank you for your interest in the Rian J-1 Graduate visa program.

Updates received from the U.S. Embassy (Dublin) and U.S. Consulate (Belfast) this week state they are currently prioritizing a backlog of work for U.S citizens, including essential travel, passport renewals, registration of births abroad, etc. This work is prioritized to be cleared ahead of reopening the processing of non-immigrant visas, such as the J-1, and it is expected to take some months to clear.

Therefore Rian J-1 is planning a restart for new visas dated from November 1st 2021, i.e. applicants with graduation scroll dates of November 1st 2020 or later. Sadly this means that anyone with a graduation scroll date before November 1st 2020 cannot apply. Note: this date could be pushed back further depending on how these issues develop in the coming months.

The quicker travel restrictions ease and U.S. Embassy activity increases the quicker the visa program can get back to normal.

If you wish to join our J-1 visa program waitlist then please register your interest here. We look forward to helping you with your J-1 visa program . Please continue to check in here for updates.

 

Update: April 6, 2021

The J-1 visa suspension (Presidential Proclamation 10052) has expired as of March 31, 2021. However geographic COVID-19-related Presidential Proclamations 9984, 9992, and 10143, which suspend entry into the United States of foreign nationals who have been physically present in the People’s Republic of China, Islamic Republic of Iran, Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, and South Africa in the 14-day period before seeking entry into the United States, remain in effect.

We are planning a restart for new visas dated from October 1st, i.e. applicants with graduation scroll dates of October 1st 2020 or later. Sadly this means that anyone with a graduation scroll date before October 1st 2020 will not be able to apply. Note: this date could be extended depending on how these issues develop in the coming months.

The quicker the COVID-19 pandemic clears, travel restrictions ease and U.S. Embassy activity increases the quicker the visa program can get back to normal.

If you wish to join our J-1 visa program in 2021 and you have not already registered your interest, then please do so now. We look forward to helping you with your J-1 visa program in 2021 and/or 2022. Please continue to check in here for updates.

 

Update: January 11, 2021

The J-1 visa program is suspended for new applications, until 31st March 2021. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions, etc. In the latest update from the U.S. Department of State, received on 17th December, it outlined hopes that the J-1 visa programs will be back up and running as soon as possible in 2021. However everything depends on the COVID-19 pandemic – the quicker it clears, the quicker everything including visa programs can get back to normal. Once we hear further word regarding when the visa will reopen, or if the suspension will be extended, we will update this page immediately. Sadly this means that anyone with a graduation scroll date in the period January – March 2020. will miss out on the visa Please continue to check in here in the coming days for updates.

If you wish to join our J-1 visa program in 2021 and you have not already registered your interest, then please do so now. We look forward to helping you with your J-1 visa program in 2021!

 

Update: December 20, 2020

The J-1 visa program suspension remains in place until 31st December. This is due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions, etc. The latest update from The Department of State was received on 17th December. This update outlined hopes that the J1 visa programs will be back up and running as soon as possible in the new year. However no date has been put on it, as  everything depends on COVID-19. The quicker it clears the quicker everything, including visa programs, can get back to normal. Once we hear further word regarding when the visa will reopen, or if the suspension will be extended, we will update you here on this page. Please continue to check in here for updates. If you have not already registered your interest for our 2021 program then please do so now. We look forward to helping you with your J-1 visa program in 2021!