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J-2 Family Resources

Inviting Family Members

Scholars currently in J-1 status who wish to add their legally married spouse and/or unmarried minor children (under 21 years old) as J-2 dependent status will need to obtain a Form DS-2019 for each dependent.  

The J-2 status is for "accompanying spouse and dependents" and thus are expected to reside with the J-1 principal. A Spouse or dependent(s) residing apart from the J-1 principal should obtain their own primary nonimmigrant status according to their purpose for being in the U.S. However, the J-1 and spouse or dependent(s) do NOT need to travel to the U.S. together.

All other relatives who wish to come to the U.S. to visit should apply for B-2 (visitor for pleasure) visa status or the Visa Waiver Program, if eligible.

Typically, J-2 DS-2019’s are requested with the Initial and Extension Application for the primary scholar. However, there are instances where a J-2 DS-2019 may need to be requested after the J-1 DS-2019 issuance. Please follow requesting a J-2 DS-2019 ISD instructions.

J-2 Employment

J-2 dependent family members may apply to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permission to accept employment. 

International Family Orientation and Tour


Due to COVID19, Family Orienation is currently on hold.


Programs and Events

Additional Resources

  • Daycare, Schools & Babysitting
  • Apply for Identification Documents
    • Social Security
      • Please note, J-2 dependents only qualify for a Social Security Card if they apply for J-2 Employment. Once this is approved, the J-2 must submit the EAD card and DS-2019 form to apply.
    • Driver's License
      • Please note, dependents must show proof of ineligibility of a Social Security Card with a denial letter from the Social Security Administration or apply for a number, if eligible, prior to applying for a Driver's License

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Phone: (858) 246-1448