J-2 status is derivative from the principal J-1 status holder. J-2 spouses and other dependent family members are allowed to apply for work authorization with J-2 status and, once approved, have no limitations on their employment. Should the principal's J-1 status end, employment authorization for the J-2 will be automatically revoked. In such a case, to maintain employment authorization, the department would need to sponsor the J-2 for an appropriate employment status or separate the individual prior to loss of employment authorization.
Departments required to I-9 a J-2 dependent will need to see the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card with a valid date range.