Spouse and Children
Spouses and children under the age of 21 may accompany a J-1 exchange visitor to the United States or join the exchange visitor at a later date with J-2 visa status.
To obtain J-2 status, follow these procedures:
- To receive a DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor Status from Krittika Onsanit in the Office of International Education, the J-1 exchange visitor must demonstrate sufficient income to support dependents ($6,000 for a spouse and $3,500 per child) and verify their enrollment in a health insurance plan that meets the U.S. Department of State's minimum benefit levels. Insurance is available through the University's group international student and scholars plan.
- Visit the U.S. Department of State website for instructions on applying for the J-2 visa.
- For instructions on arriving at a U.S. port of entry, read the Arrival Procedures webpage.
J-2 dependents of legal working age are allowed to work if they have the proper authorization and are not working to support the principal J-1 visa holder. The J-2 visa holder should consult with Krittika Onsanit in the Office of International Education for current regulations and to complete the necessary documentation. No work can be commenced until the J-2 dependent receives employment authorization.
Reporting & Travel
Within 10 days of arrival to the U.S., the residential address and, if applicable, email address of each J-2 must be reported along with any change to these addresses.
The J-2’s stay in this country is only valid while the J-1 visa holder maintains legal status. If it is necessary for the J-2 to travel outside of the United States without the J-1, s/he will need a valid passport, visa, DS-2019, and current travel signature to re-enter the United States after a temporary visit abroad. For more information, please contact Krittika Onsanit.
Early departures of J-2s from the United States prior to the J-1’s departure date without the intention of returning to accompany the J-1 for the remainder of his or her program must be reported to Krittika Onsanit.