J-2 Dependents

J-2 Dependents Overview

The spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) of the J-1 scholar are eligible for J-2 dependent status.

  • J-2 dependents must have their own DS-2019.

    • To request a DS-2019 for your J-2 dependent with your initial DS-2019, please complete the sections relating to Dependent Information.

    • If you are requesting a dependent DS-2019  after you have arrived in US, please submit the Request for Dependent I-20 or DS-2019 form with the appropriate financial funding information

  • Once your dependent has received a DS-2019, he/she must either:

    • Apply for a Visa at a US Consulate overseas (except citizens of Canada & Bermuda) or,

    • Apply for a Change of Status within the US

  • J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for employment authorization from USCIS as long as the employment is not for the purpose of supporting the J-1 scholar.

  • The Department of State mandates that all Exchange Visitors and their dependents carry adequate health insurance coverage for the entirety of their stay. Willful failure to comply with these insurance requirements will result in termination of the Exchange Visitor's program.

  • The duration of their stay depends on the J-1’s period of stay, and is automatically extended along with the J-1’s

  • A child may not continue to hold J-2 status upon reaching his or her 21st birthday.