CAPS — New guidelines in the controversial J-1 visa, the summer work and travel scam that undermines unemployed American teens’ job searches, have set off a frenzy in Ireland.
Before being issued a visa, applicants must now have a confirmed, approved job waiting for them in the U.S. According to a story on Irish News, many unsuspecting prospective J-1 travelers who cannot meet the revised requirements will have to forfeit money already spent on air travel and living accommodations.
While no one takes pleasure in uninformed young adults losing money, tighter J-1 requirements are a small step in the right direction for struggling, job-seeking American teens. A related Irish News story unveiled how many of the Irish viewed their trip to the U.S. – a great big party that may or may not include work. U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley noted that under the previous rules, groups of as many as 30 young Irish could go to a destination without a job. One would-be visitor called having to line up a job before she left Ireland “scary.” And one who came to America remembered her J-1 experience as a stream of “constant parties” while she traveled from Los Angeles to San Diego to Las Vegas.
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