J-2 Work Authorization
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:
- G-1145, e-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- $410 check or money order payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Letter explaining why work authorization is sought and how the employment will be supplemental to the J-1 visa holder’s income/funding
- Photocopies of the J-2 and J-1’s current and prior DS-2019s
- Two passport photos
- Photocopy of the identification page in J-2’s passport
- Photocopy of the visa page in J-2’s passport
- J-2’s I-94 record
- Photocopies of any Employment Authorization Document (EAD) cards previously issued to the J-2
- Photocopy of the J-2’s driver’s license or other photo identification, if available
- Marriage certificate (if spouse of the J-1), or birth certificate (if child of the J-1)
Please contact the ISSO with any questions.