Friday 20 October 2017

Students still keen on J1 opportunity despite Trump

Aine Foley at the J1 Visa event in Dublin. Photo: Mark McConville
Aine Foley at the J1 Visa event in Dublin. Photo: Mark McConville

Chai Brady

Irish students have vowed to press ahead with their J1 visits to the US despite many finding President Donald Trump's policies "worrying".

Students said they were wary when Mr Trump threatened to "terminate" the J1 programme that allows Irish students work in the US.

Many welcomed the news that 2,600 more visas were allocated this year, bringing the total number to 7,000.

Áine Foley (21), who studies primary-school teaching in DCU, attended a J1 Job Fair in Dublin in the hope she would secure a job in the US.

She said: "It's something I've been looking forward to since I was younger. I really wanted to have that experience." She was delighted when she heard the programme would continue.

When asked about Mr Trump's policies, she added: "I do find them a little bit worrying. We all have different views but I think he has very strong views that I think most people might find a bit worrying."

Irish Independent

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