The Irish Pastoral Centre is here to assist J1 Students in finding jobs and accommodation and to answer any other questions they may have about participating on this cultural exchange program. The J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa program was introduced in 1961, and since then, hundreds and thousands of young Irish students and graduates have taken advantage of the program. The program was initiated to strengthen the United States foreign relations, by providing young people with the opportunity to up-skill and ultimately return to benefit their home country. 

Prior to 2016, J1s were able to travel to the US without having employment secured, however there now exists a stipulation which states that one must have found employment before travelling, Even with this new rule, some J1s arrive without pre-placement of a job.

While the majority of J1 visitors have positive experiences while partaking on the program, some encounter difficulty that has a negative impact on their time in the United States. In these instances, be it a lost passport, an injury/illness, an issue with a landlord or homelessness, The staff of The Irish Pastoral Centre are there to provide support. 

Program Coordinator: Audrey Larkin

Phone: (617) 265-5300