Hope for J1 students as €500 fee for employers may be removed
A LEADING US congressman said he was hopeful proposed changes to the J1 student visa can be removed from the draft immigration bill.
The changes would mean Irish students could not obtain a J1 visa unless a US employer or sponsor agrees to pay a €500 fee, which must be processed before a student arrives. Bill Keating, who is the Head Democrat on European Policy, told the Irish Independent he was hopeful the bill can be amended.
"Having to put €500 up is something that could really inhibit the J1 visa programme. There's always the hope it can be reduced or even eliminated and it's certainly something we'll be looking at," he said.