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J-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the additional processing requirements for J-2 visa applicant?

A J-2 visa applicant who is not submitting the new DS-160 is required to complete:

  • Form DS-158, Contact Information and Work History for Nonimmigrant Visa Applicant. The form must be completed by all applicants, even babies and children. If a section on the USCIS Form DS-158 does not apply to you, you may enter N/A
  • Form DS-156, Nonimmigrant Visa Application, and USCIS Form DS-157, Supplemental Nonimmigrant Visa Application

Note: Applications received without a completed USCIS Form DS-158 will be returned to the applicant which will considerably delay the visa processing.


Can I extend my stay on J-2 visa?

Yes, you may extend your stay on J-2 visa, however, your extension of stay depends on the principal J-1 visa extension.

Note: Your status depends on the status of principal J-1 visa status. You lose your status once the J-1 loses status.

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Can I change status while on J-2 visa?

Yes, you may apply for J2 visa change of status, but only if you are not subject to the home residency requirement. If you are changing job, or taking up a job which requires separate status, have your employer file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, at the USCIS Regional Service Center with jurisdiction over your case.


Are there any travel restrictions on J-2 visa?

The USCIS does not put any limitations on your travel outside the U.S. You can travel outside the U.S. and re-enter as many times while you are on valid J-2 status.

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