Ciara Kenny

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Spending the summer in the US on a J1? Prepare yourself…

Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers issues guidelines to help young people stay safe and happy

Tue, May 21, 2013, 09:39


As thousands of Irish students book tickets and pack their bags in preparation for a summer in the US, the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers (CIIC) has issued a set of guidelines to help them stay safe and happy during their stay.

The CIIC said that although a summer in the US is an exciting and fun experience for young people, it is also imporant that they are prepared and aware of the responsibilities they have as a visitor.

In the guidelines, they warn people to bring sufficient funds in case they have delays securing work or housing, with a sum of between $2,500 and $3,500 recommended.

They also warn people not to wire money to rent housing via Western Union, as it is a common scam, and not to overcrowd housing, as this can lead to eviction.

There are also suggestions and advice about job hunting, staying safe, and respecting the law. Click here to read the guidelines in full.

To read stories from students who spent last summer on a J1, see Summer jobs, lifelong memories.