Program Information 

The Irish International Immigrant Center will support you from beginning to end, from helping with your paperwork to orienting you to the United States.

Before Departure, we provide you with:  

  • Signed paperwork needed to present at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate for obtaining a J-1 Visa
  • Orientation to life in the United States
  • 24-Hour Emergency Hotline
  • Information for obtaining a U.S. Social Security Number

If you are coming to Boston, we provide you with:  

  • Low-cost access to our downtown ‘Cyber Café’ for your job and housing search
  • Orientation materials introducing you to life in Boston

After Arrival, we provide you with: 

  • Assistance in finding an internship in your field of study

What is the Cost? 

Applicants pay the Irish International Immigrant Center a fee of $990 (fee increased as of Jan 1st, 2014), which includes an initial $200 non-refundable deposit. The U.S. government’s SEVIS fee ($180) and J-1 Visa application fee is payable at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate at the time of application.

Why the Irish International Immigrant Center? 

We believe that travel and international exchange and training play a huge role in the development of young people. As a locally based organization, we are able to provide you with necessary support to maximize your work and travel experience. We look forward to welcoming you to the United States.

The IIIC is a non-profit organization specializing in international learning exchange programs between Ireland and Boston. We have ten years experience providing Irish young people with U.S. exchange experiences.

Please contact the J-1 IWT staff to apply and for any additional information, including the up to date application form:

Tel: 617.542.7654 ex.19 (Boston) (Belfast)

For U.S. Citizens Wishing to Spend 12 Months in Ireland: 

This is a reciprocal program between the United States and Ireland so…

U.S. Citizens wishing to travel to Ireland under the terms of the agreement should make an application for a U.S. Working Holiday Authorization at the Embassy in Ireland in Washington, D.C. or the Consulates General of Ireland in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco.

A completed and signed application should be presented at the Embassy in Ireland in Washington, D.C. or the Consulates General of Ireland in Boston, Chicago, New York or San Francisco together with:

  • Valid United States passport;
  • 2 recent identical passport photographs with your name on the reverse;
  • Current curriculum vitae (with references);
  • Original bank statement demonstrating that you have access to €1.500 (or equivalent) plus a return ticket; or €3,000 (or equivalent);
  • Originals of any qualifications obtained or letter from school/college/university (where applicable);
  • Relevant fee of €250 or dollar equivalent as advised by the relevant mission

Once the Embassy or Consulate General is satisfied with the documentation above, the application will be approved in principle and the applicant notified. The Working Holiday Authorization will be issued on submission by the applicant of:

  • Return airline tickets;
  • Certificate of medical/travel insurance valid for the duration of the trip (based on dates on tickets);
  • Valid United States passport that is valid for the entirety of the trip to Ireland, i.e. for a full year after their ticketed date of entry.

For more information, visit the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.