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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. J-1 Exchange Visitors with the UCSD University Extension program will require written approval from the department in order to submit this request.  

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 have the scholar view the Scholar ISD Guide, section "Requesting a J-2 DS-2019 (after the J-1 DS-2019 has been issued)" for complete instructions.

To request J-2 DS-2019's after the J-1 DS-2019 has been issued, the scholar must:

  • Scholar sends email to  requesting access to ISD to add dependents.
    • Scholar ISD access is typically locked after the DS-2019 has been issued.
  • IFSO will grant the scholar access to edit ISD. 
  • Scholar will enter dependent(s) info in ISD and upload dependent documentation (passport, funding)
  • Scholar will create shipping label to be used by IFSO to ship J-2 DS-2019
  • Scholar will email IFSO at when dependent(s) have been added to ISD
  • IFSO will process the request and contact Scholar once the J-2 DS-2019 has been issued/shipped. 

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.

Enjoy coffee, conversation and friendship every first and third Wednesday of the month at 9:15 a.m., at McGill Hall 2nd Floor Suite 2126. Children are welcome to attend.

Please Note: The family orientation session schedule is subject to change, visit the IFSO programs and event page to view the current schedule.

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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Contact IFSO!

International Faculty & Scholars Office (IFSO)
Phone: (858) 246-1448