1. What is J-2 visa?
The J2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows the dependants (spouses and unmarried children under 21) of J-1 visa holders to enter into the U.S.
2. What privileges do I enjoy on J2 visa?
On J-2 visa, you may:
- Enter the U.S. along with your J-1 spouse or parent
- Travel in and out of the U.S. or remain in the U.S. continuously as long as you are in status
- Study in the U.S.
- Work in the U.S with proper authorization from USCIS.
3. What are the limitations of J-2 visa?
On J-2 visa, you are:
- Dependent on the status of the principal J-1 visa holder
- Able to apply for a work permit only after your arrival in the U.S.
4. How long can I stay in the U.S. on J-2 visa?
You may in the U.S. as long as the principal J-1 visa holder has valid status. You lose your status once the principal J-1 visa holder loses status.
5. Can I work on J-2 visa?
Yes, you may work in the U.S. on J-2 visa, if you receive permission from the USCIS and the money is not needed to support the principal J-1 holder.
Note: An application for permission to work can only be made after the J-2 visa holder’s arrival in the U.S. and will be considered in light of policies then in effect.