1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program

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The 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program is designed for Irish passport holders who currently attend or recently graduated from an Irish college. This is your chance to intern in the U.S. for up to 12 months! The best part? You do not need a pre-arranged internship to travel. Get up to 90 days after you arrive in the U.S. to find your internship in any of the 50 states.

Key Features


    With the 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program, you get a J-1 grad visa that is valid for up to 12 for interning, and 1 more before and after your internship for travel!

  • Gain real-world skills

    Get valuable insights into American business practices and learn new skills that will help you stand out in today’s competitive job market.

  • 90 days in-country to find an internship

    You do not need a pre-arranged internship to travel to the U.S. on your J-1 grad visa. Get up to 90 days after you arrive to find your internship!

How It Works

Once you are ready to apply, contact USIT – your CIEE International Representative – for application materials. The next steps are easy:

  1. Review USIT’s application procedures.
  2. Complete all forms and upload all required documents.
  3. All application materials will be reviewed at CIEE headquarters.

If your application and training plan are approved, then you will receive Form DS-2019—a “Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status.” Next, you will schedule a J-1 visa interview at your local U.S. embassy or consulate. Due to our rigorous application process, careful vetting, and thorough preparation, most applicants are granted visas. Then travel to America to jump-start your career! 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Hold an Irish passport
  • Be a full-time college student or within one year of graduation from an Irish college or university


The Resources You Need to Succeed

Frequently asked questions, next steps, document definitions, travel guides, and so much more – all the information you need to have a successful internship.

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Find Your International Representative

CIEE partners with USIT, a locally owned company in Ireland that will help you apply for the 1-Year Graduate USA Visa Program. In addition to acting as your local contact throughout the application process, USIT will also assist you with:

  • Program payment
  • Program orientation
  • Embassy troubleshooting
  • And more