26. Do I have a grace period to legally stay in the U.S. even after my J status expires?
The J status grace period is for 30 days. During this grace period you may legally stay in the U.S. after the expiry of your J status.
27. My J status has expired and I'm in the middle of my 30-day grace period of staying in the U.S. Is it possible for me to apply for a change of status to another nonimmigrant status?
28. How long should I wait before applying for work permission on J-2 visa?
It is advisable to wait at least two to three months after arriving into the U.S. to apply for permission to work. This is because you have recently certified to a U.S. consul that the principal J-1 applicant has sufficient funds to support all family members. It is not usually expected that there will be a sudden change in financial resources immediately after arrival.
29. Is my income on J-2 status subject to any taxes?
Income earned by J-2 dependents is subject to Federal, State, local, and Social Security taxes.
30. For further inquiries about J visa program whom do I contact?
Further questions about:
- J visa program, Form DS-2019, and the ability to change programs or extend within a program should be made to the Department of State, Education and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Exchange Visitor and Program Designation Staff, Washington D.C.
- Qualifications for various classifications and conditions and limitations on employment should be made by the prospective employer or agent in the U.S. to the nearest USCIS office
- Visa application procedures at the American Consulate abroad should be made to that consular office by the applicant