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J-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply for J-2 visa?

  • The application procedure is the same as the J-1. Each family member will receive a Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, issued in their name, This DS-2019 is provided to the consular officer at the interview.
  • If the spouse and/or children apply for visas at a later date, Form DS-2019, Certificate of Eligibility, must be obtained from the sponsor and furnished together with a copy of principal applicant's J-1 visa.

Where do I file my J2 visa application?

You may submit your J-2 visa application to:

  • A USCIS Service Center in the U.S. if you are in lawful status in the U.S.
  • An American Consulate near your place of residence in your home country if you are outside the U.S.

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What are the documents required to apply for J-2 visa?

The documents required for J-2 visa are:

  • If outside the U.S. Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
  • If inside the U.S. Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant status.
  • Check or money order made payable to the USCIS for the filing fee, or receipt from bank for fees paid for consulate.
  • Photocopy of USCIS Form I-94 (front and back) of applicant, (dependent) if in the U.S.
  • Photocopy of current Form DS-2019 Certificate of Eligibility
  • Cover letter
  • Photocopy of complete in passport (clear copy of passport and/or visa photo required)
  • Passport style photo with a white background taken no earlier than 30 days before submission to the USCIS
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