What is a J-2 Visa?
The J-2 visa is intended for non-immigrant spouses or children of J-1 exchange visitor who accompany or later join their spouse or parent in the United States.
The application procedure for J-2 visas is the same as the application process for J-1 visas. The sponsor of the program must approve the accompaniment of the spouse or child, who will be issued their own Form DS-2019. The J-2 visa holder can accompany their J-1 spouse or parent into the United States, or they may choose to join them later.
In most cases, a J-2 visa holder can work in the United States. In order to do this, he or she must obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. HPUSA does not assist with work authorization for a J-2, you can find more information about work authorization here, (https://www.uscis.gov/i-765). Money earned by a J-2 visa holder cannot be used to support the J-1 visa holder.
What documents are required for a J-2 Visa?
Passport (each J-2/Spouse and Child)
Marriage Certificate (if J-2 Visa applicant is Spouse)
Birth Certificate for child
Financial information: documents showing the J-2 dependent has appropriate funds to support themselves while in the US independently of wages earned by the primary visa holder or the J1 Cultural Exchange Visa holder can support the J-2 visa holder for the program duration.
Letter or email from the host company acknowledging the addition of dependent(s).
Required completed sponsor documents
What are the fees for a J-2 Visa?
Your program fee covers the following:
Certificate of Eligibility for J-2 Visa
12 months basic health insurance provided by the sponsor organization
J-2 complete process including acting as liaison with your Host and/or Sponsor for duration of the program.
The following is NOT covered by your program fees:
Visa Fee at US Embassy ($160.00)
Airfare for arrival and departure in US
“Thank you so much HPUSA for everything you have done for me! I have been able to visit some amazing tourist spots and see some amazing buildings! I’m looking forward to traveling more and making the most out of my cultural exchange program!”
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