A J-1 student in valid status may request for a spouse and/or children to join him or her as J-2 dependents.
- J-2 status is limited to spouses and children, no extended family or servants.
- J-2 dependents are allowed to study and work in the U.S. In order to work, the J-2 will have to apply for work authorization from USCIS by filing form I-765.
- J-2 children are allowed to attend U.S. public schools (Kindergarten-12th grade).
- A J-2’s status is dependent on the J-1. Should the J-1 lose his or her status or leave the U.S. the J-2 status also ends.
- J-2 children lose their J-2 status once they marry or reach 21 years of age. If the J-2 child wants to remain in the U.S., he or she should apply for an independent status prior to the end of the J-2 status.
Add J-2 Dependent
Submit the following to the ISSO:
- J-1 Student DS-2019 Request Form
- Proof of financial support for yourself for your entire J-1 program plus $5000 for a spouse and $3000 for each child
- Copies of the information page of each dependent’s passport
- Request a J-2 Invitation Letter by submitting the J-1 Student Service Request Form
Provide the following to your dependents for their J-2 visa interview outside the United States or Change of Status application inside the united states:
- Original J-1 DS-2019
- Copies of J-1’s DS-2019, passport, visa, I-94
- Marriage or Birth Certificates
- Proof of Financial Support
- J-1’s UTD Transcript
- If approved for the visa, the J-2 dependents may join the J-1 student for part or all of the J-1’s stay (with exception of adult J-2 children mentioned above).
- Note: J-2 dependent must be covered by sufficient medical and repatriation insurance for the duration of their stay in the U.S.