DUBLIN, Ireland: Ireland and the United States have agreed to extend the US-Ireland Working Holiday/Intern Work and Travel program for an additional five years.
Since 2008, the Intern Work and Travel program permits Irish citizens or permanent residents, who are students or recent graduates, to remain for up to 12 months in the US.
Similarly, those eligible US students may remain for up to one year in Ireland.
This week, Minister of State for European Affairs and Defense, Peter Burke, signed the agreement to extend the program, along with US Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Claire Cronin.
Next week, an exchange of diplomatic notes regarding extending the program will take place in Washington D.C.
"This program offers an unrivaled opportunity to current students and recent graduates to experience a way of life on the other side of the Atlantic. Ireland and the US enjoy a long-standing warm and mutually beneficial relationship, and the working holiday/Intern Work & Travel program allows us to further strengthen our close people-to-people links," said Minister Burke.
In a statement, Ireland noted, "The Government of Ireland will continue to cooperate closely with the Government of the US to increase participation in the program, to further consolidate the long-running connections between our two countries. The signing ceremony today represents a revitalization of the program and a reaffirmation of the shared commitment to its continued success."