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J-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


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.


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?

Yes, you may apply for change of status to another nonimmigrant status. However, contact us regarding the current INS policy.

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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.


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.

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