Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Foreign and European Affairs Seán Haughey TD has revealed that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined steadily since 2013.

The information was released to Deputy Haughey by way of parliamentary questions.

Deputy Haughey said: “Information released to me by way of parliamentary question shows that the number of students participating in the J1 Visa Programme has declined steadily since 2013. In 2013, 8,167 students participated in the Programme compared to just 3,392 in 2019.

“Whilst the numbers participating in the J1 Camp Counsellor Programme has increased substantially, the overall numbers of students traveling to the states has fallen in recent years.”

“The J1 Visa Programme has been a rite of passage for thousands of students over the years and I believe that the Government should actively work to promote the Programme. It’s an intrinsic part of US-Ireland relations and it’s imperative that we maintain the mutually beneficial relationship between Ireland and the United States. Therefore, I would like to see the Government put in place a plan to address the decline in numbers and ensure that the J1 remains desirable for students,” concluded Deputy Haughey.