New Horizons – Creating Professional Pathways for Irish Work & Travel Visa Holders

First Networking and Panel Event by Graduate Gateway: Empowering J1 Visa Graduates

We are excited to announce our first major event – a networking and panel discussion tailored for J1 Graduate Visa holders (Irish Work & Travel Visa) from Ireland. This event marks a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to support graduates in their professional journey in the United States.

Scheduled for 5:30pm on February 22nd, the event will be held at SOSV (by Penn Station) and promises to be an evening filled with valuable insights, networking opportunities, and engaging discussions. The panel will feature distinguished speakers from various sectors, including visa experts, business leaders and J1 employers, successful J1 Visa alumni, who will share their experiences and advice on navigating the professional landscape in the USA.

Building Connections, Fostering Success

The primary goal of this event is to connect Irish graduates with potential employers, mentors, and fellow professionals. It represents a unique platform for J1 Graduate Visa holders to build networks, explore job opportunities, and gain insights into industry trends and demands in the New York area.


  • 5:30pm – Doors / Registration
    Where: SOSV, 370 7th Ave, New York (by Penn Station)
  • 6:00pm – Welcome Remarks
    • Sophie Colgan, MC
  • 6:10pm – Panel Discussion – Covering topics such as career development, industry insights, and the challenges and opportunities faced by Irish graduates in the US
    • Sophie Colgan, Moderator
    • Jim O’Keeffe, Past J1 Visa Holder
    • Linda Croston, J1 Mentor
    • Gemma Allen, J1 Mentor
    • Gavin McMahon, J1 Mentor
    • Fiona McEntee, Immigration Attorney
  • 6:55pm – Q&A
  • 7:10pm – Networking – An opportunity for attendees to interact with panelists, employers, and seasoned professionals
  • 7:45pm – End of Event, post-event meet-up at Pig & Whistle
    • Waiting List members, who do not receive a ticket, are welcome to join at the Pig & Whistle

Registration and Participation

Interested J1 Graduate Visa holders are encouraged to register for the event at the link below. Attendance is limited and early registration is recommended to ensure participation.

About the Graduate Gateway Initiative

The Graduate Gateway initiative represents a collaborative effort of various Irish organizations in New York, focusing on providing support and opportunities for Irish graduates in the USA. This event is a testament to the initiative’s commitment to empowering the next generation of Irish professionals. You can find more on our dedicated page here.



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