On Sept, 24, 2008, the State Department announced that it had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ireland to create a new J-1 Intern program for Irish Students and Recent Graduates. Expected to launch in late 2008 or early 2009, the program will allow thousands ofv qualifying university students and recent university graduates from Ireland to enter the United States for a period of 12 months on J-1 exchange visitor visas that will allow them to study English, participate in internships, and travel independently.