Immigration/ J1 Students

Irish citizens – in the event of an emergency, please contact the Irish Consulate @ 212-319-2555


Irish citizens who have previously held an Irish Passport can now apply for their Passport Book and/or Card online. You are eligible to renew online if your last passport has not expired by more than five years.  You do not need a form, witness or printed photos with the online system.  This is the fastest, most convenient and least expensive way to renew your Irish passport. 

You cannot apply online if you have already submitted a paper application.

Passports issued 15 or more years/handwritten passports: All original documentation must be submitted. Apply Online

If you are an Irish citizen applying for an Irish passport for the FIRST TIME and are a resident outside Ireland and do not qualify or wish to use the online system, you need to use an APS2 application form. The APS2 form is available from the Consulate General of Ireland New York and at the Center.  Once completed, Sr. Christine Hennessy, Catholic Charities, who is based at the Center is authorized to witness Section 9 of the application. 


You are automatically an Irish citizen if one of your parents was an Irish citizen who was born in Ireland.

You can become an Irish citizen if one of your grandparents was born in Ireland, or you can become an Irish citizen (through great grandparent) if one of your parents was an Irish citizen at the time of your birth but was not born in Ireland. If you’re eligible, you can register your birth on the Foreign Births Register.  Follow the link to Passports/Citizenship – Foreign Birth Registration

There are no longer paper applications to apply for Irish citizenship, it is now an online process.  

Visa Waiver Program

Irish citizens who hold a valid machine readable passport and who have acquired Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) approval may be eligible for the Visa Waiver Program. The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enables citizens of participating countries to travel to the U.S. for tourism, business or transiting the U.S. for 90 days or less without obtaining a U.S. visa if they meet certain conditions. For more information about the VWP and ESTA, and the requirements for these, please visit the website of the US Embassy in Dublin.

Legal Referrals

The Center does not have a lawyer on staff and we are not an immigration center. Instead we can provide legal referrals to a network of attorneys in a number of areas including immigration, personal litigation, criminal law, and family law. We do not recommend one referral over the other.

J1 Visa Students 

Due to changes in the visa requirements, all J1 visa students must have a job secured before they arrive in the U.S.

If you traveled with USIT/ CIEE, Make sure you register with SEVIS/CIEE within the required time period; some students did not do in previous years and had to leave the U.S. immediately because they did not adhere to the conditions of the J1 visa. Their contact number is 888-268-6245.

It is also realistic that you will be waiting 3-4 weeks before receiving your social security number although you should have documentation from your sponsor stating that employer’s can hire you and that your social security number will be issued soon. 


Office Hours: Mon-Fri (9am–4pm)

820 Concourse Village West
2nd floor
Bronx , NY 10451
(between 158th and 159th Streets).

Accessible via # 4 subway train to 161st Street .

237 West 48th St.
5th floor
New York , NY 10036

20 South Broadway
10th Floor
Yonkers , NY 10701 (Yonkers residents)


It is a standard requirement to pay the first month’s rent and a month’s deposit in advance. The average total rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400 per month ($700 per room/per person) and $1,800 per month for a 3 bedroom apartment ($600 per room/per person).

Check the accommodation notice board in the Aisling Center on a daily basis for accommodation in Yonkers and the Bronx , as well as local delis, shops, and launderettes.

Utility bills (electric, phone & internet, cable TV) are usually not included in the stated rent. Depending on how many people you share the apartment with; utilities can cost an additional $120-200 per month.


*Feel free to contact us for a list of short-term accommodation rentals* advertises accommodation in New York and all other states. Please be wary of some of the listings on Craigslist and do not organize a money transfer without viewing the accommodation.

Other Irish Centers in the Queens/Bronx/NY areas:

Emerald Isle Immigration Center
4275 Katonah Ave
Bronx , NY 10470

Emerald Isle Immigration Center
59-26 Woodside Ave
Woodside , NY 11377

New York Irish Center
1040 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City , NY 11101

Also check the weekly Irish newspapers if staying in Woodlawn, Bronx or Queens/Woodside:

Irish Voice
Irish Central
Irish Echo


Bob’s Discount Furniture
2500 Central Avenue , Yonkers , NY  
(Clearance pit) Check delivery charge

Discount Furniture Warehouse
52-21 Broadway, Bronx , NY
(Between 225th and 226th Street )
Delivery charge only $20

225th Street/Broadway, Bronx , New York