The J2 visa is designed for spouses and dependents of J-1 student visa holders. As an immigration attorney serving clients throughout the United States, I work with those seeking both J1 and J2 visas. Here are some particulars regarding the J-2 visa in which applicants are often interested.
J2 Visa and Work
The J2 is a nonimmigrant visa under which you may work. In order to work with a J2 visa, the holder must receive special permission from the USCIS.
To apply, the J2 visa holder submits Form I-765. The process of adjudication takes from three to five months but processing times are subject to change based on government backlogs. If approved, the J2 holder will receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) allowing them to work.
Waiver of the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
If the holder of the J1 visa applies and receives a J1 waiver of the Two-Year Home Residency Requirement, then immediate family members who are J2 holders will also be granted a waiver. Additionally, if the J1 holder passes on or if the J2 holder is divorced from the J1 holder, he or she may apply for a Two-Year Home Residency Requirement. Also, when a J2 holder reaches 21, they may also apply for a waiver.
If you have questions regarding the J2 visa and the process of securing one, then you should consult an immigration lawyer who focuses on J1 waivers. I’ve worked with a range of clients located across the country as well as those in the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento California area on J1 and J2 visas.
Please contact the Ranchod Law Group at 800-753-1399 or j1visawaiver.net if you have any questions regarding J1 and J2 visas or immigration. We partner with clients throughout the fifty states.