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J-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Is insurance requirement mandatory for J-1 and J-2 visa holders?

Pursuant to the U.S. Department of State regulations and the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations governing Exchange Visitor Programs (22 CFR 514.14), all J-1 and accompanying J-2 family members are required to obtain health, accident, medical evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance coverage while in the U.S. The insurance policies must cover the exchange visitor and all accompanying dependents.


Am I subject to the two-year home residency requirement on J-2 visa?

Yes, you are subject to the two-year home residency requirement (HRR) on J-2 visa, if the principal J-1 visa holder is subject to the HRR.

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Can I apply for a waiver of the two-year home residency requirement independently from the J-1 visa holder?

In cases of death or divorce from the J-1, or when a J-2 child reaches the age of 21, the Waiver Review Division may entertain requests for waivers on behalf of the J-2. The Division will need:

  • Completed data sheet, Form DS-2019 of the J-1, divorce decree or death certificate, whichever is applicable
  • Copy of birth certificate in the case of a J-2 child

If the J-1 obtains a recommendation for waiver of the two-year home residency requirement, will that apply to the J-2 derivative applicants?

Yes, if the J-1 applies for and receives a favorable recommendation, members of the immediate family, if applicable, will be included.

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