J-2 Dependent Status for Spouse & Children
Dependents of J-1 scholars
(spouse and unmarried children under age 21) may enter the US in J-2 status.
Dependent children cannot remain in J-2 status after their 21st birthday. Dependents
may travel with the J-1 Exchange Visitor or join the J-1 scholar later.
Entering the US as a J-2
- Each J-2 dependent must have his/her own Form DS-2019. This
DS-2019 Form can be obtained from the Office of International Services by the
J-1 status holder.
- The J-2 dependent must apply for an J-2 visa stamp at a
US Embassy or Consulate (except Canadian citizens). The dependent will gain J-2
status through entry to the US by presenting the dependent DS-2019 Form,
passport and J-2 visa stamp (accompanied by any supporting documents) at the
U.S. Port of Entry.
J-2 Health Insurance
All J-1 scholars and their J-2 dependents are required to
maintain health and accident insurance coverage during the entire time they
participate in an Exchange Visitor program. See Health Insurance for more information.