Dependents of J-1 scholars include spouses and children, and dependents are allowed to stay in the U.S. in J-2 status for the duration of the J-1 scholar's program. J-2 dependents are allowed to study part-time or full-time and can request U.S. employment authorization.
Domestic partners are not eligible for J-2 status and must obtain their own status in the U.S. (such as B visitor or business traveler, studying full-time in F-1 or J-1 status, or obtaining a work visa status through employment).
J-2 dependents are added to the J-1s SEVIS record and given their own DS-2019s. They use the DS-2019s to apply for a J-2 visa at an embassy or consulate abroad, or to apply to change status in the U.S.
Before filling out the J-1 Scholar Request to Add Dependent(s) form, please review the dependent funding requirements.
To add a dependent, please submit the following form: