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J-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


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.


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.

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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.

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.


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.

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