J-2 visa holders (dependents of J-1 visa holders) are eligible to apply for work authorization from USCIS upon arrival to the US. In general, a J-2 dependent can apply for work authorization by submitting a Form I-765 and supporting documents to USCIS. Upon approval, the applicant will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) authorizing work on a part-time or full-time basis in virtually any capacity.
Applicants must demonstrate that the principal J-1 visa holder is maintaining his/her J-1 status, and that the J-2 employment will be supplementary (not used to support) the J-1 visa holder. The EAD will generally be authorized in one-year increments, with the ability to extend should the J-1 visa holder’s status also be extended.
J-2 visa holders must submit the following to USCIS:
Please contact the ISSO with any questions.