Bringing Dependents on a J Scholar Visa
1. Submit documents
Submit the following documents to WSU International Programs through myPassport.
- Copy of passport for each dependent
- Financial documentation (e.g., bank statement, letter from employer or sponsor, etc.)
Whether you decide to bring your family members with you at the time of your initial entry or at a later time, you are required to show evidence of adequate financial support for each dependent. The additional amount of financial support you must show for each J-2 dependent is:
- US$900 per month for spouse
- US$500 per month for first child
- US$400 per month for all additional children
2. WSU actions
WSU will add your dependent(s) to your SEVIS record. Then we will issue a new DS-2019 to you and each of your accompanying dependents.
3. Documents for dependents
Provide your dependents with the following documents for visa application.
- Your dependents’ J-2 Form DS-2019 (original)
- Your new DS-2019 (copy)
- Your passport biographical page (copy)
- Your J-1 visa stamp (copy)
- Your I-94 card (copy of front and back sides)
- Financial documentation (e.g., bank statement, proof of graduate assistantship, letter from employer or sponsor)
- Your letter of invitation
4. Dependent responsibilities
Your dependents should contact their local U.S. Embassy/Consular Office and follow the procedures for the J-2 visa application.
Check in with ISSS upon arrival
When your dependents arrive at your WSU location, have them check in with International Student and Scholar Services and provide a copy of each dependent’s immigration documents and proof of insurance. Check-in documents are submitted through myPassport.
Medical insurance is required
J-1 scholars and their J-2 family members are required to be covered by medical insurance while in active J-2 status.
Rights and restrictions while in the United States
While they are in the United States, your dependents will need to abide by certain rules regarding employment and academic study.
Your J-2 dependents are allowed to pursue part-time or full-time studies.
J-2 dependents may work part-time or full-time in the United States only with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from USCIS. However, a J-2 dependent’s employment cannot be used to support the J-1 student.
Lawful J-2 dependents may apply for an EAD by filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with UCSIS. An EAD can be issued for up to 1 year at a time or for the validity of DS-2019, whichever is shorter. It is possible to apply to extend an EAD.
J-2 dependents with a valid EAD may apply for a Social Security number.
J-2 dependents may volunteer if their volunteer activities do not displace a paid position.
As long as J-1 students maintain lawful status, their dependents are allowed to travel in and out of country by themselves with proper documentation. J-2 dependents do need a valid travel signature from an A/RO in International Student and Scholar Services.
Two-year home country physical presence requirement
A J-2 dependent is subject to the same foreign residence requirement as the J-1 visa holder.
If you are granted a waiver of the foreign residence requirement, it will also apply to your J-2 dependents.
If you have family members who would like to visit the U.S. for a short visit they should contact their local U.S. Embassy or Consular Officer to apply for a B-2 visa.
Leaving the country
Your J-2 dependents should accompany you outside the U.S. if you will be abroad for more than 1 month.