Who is eligible for J-2 status?
The spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) of the J-1 Exchange Visitor are eligible for J-2 dependent status. A J-1 Exchange Visitor at Penn can be either a “student” or “scholar.”
How can I become a J-2 dependent?
Each J-2 dependent must have his/her own Form DS-2019. This DS-2019 Form can be obtained from International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) by the J-1 status holder. Once the dependent has the DS-2019 Form, he/she must either.
- Apply for an J-2 visa stamp at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate overseas (except Canadian citizens). Gain J-2 status through entry to the U.S. by presenting their dependent DS-2019 Form, passport and J-2 visa stamp (accompanied by any supporting documents) at the U.S. Port of Entry; or
- Apply for a Change of Status within the U.S. (please meet with an advisor at ISSS for further details)