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Frequently Asked Questions
- Can J-2 spouses take classes?
- Can J-2 dependents work in the U.S.?
- How do I apply for an Employment Authorization Document?
- Can J-2 dependents apply for a social security number?
- Can J-2 dependents volunteer in the U.S.?
- Can J-2 dependents travel without J-1 students?
- Can J-2 dependents change status (e.g. to F-1 student) in the U.S.?
- Is there a waiver for the 212(e) 2-year home residence requirement?
- Other questions?
Can J-2 spouses take classes?
Yes. J-2 dependents are allowed to pursue study part-time or full-time until Department of State publishes new J regulations stating otherwise.
Can J-2 dependents work in the U.S.?
Yes. J-2 dependents may work in the U.S. with a valid Employment Authorization Document (EAD) issued by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). J-2's EAD is valid for any kind of full-time or part-time employment. However, it cannot be used to support the J-1 student.
How do I apply for an Employment Authorization Document?
Lawful J-2 dependents may apply for EAD by filing Form I-765 with USCIS. 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 extend an EAD. For more information about the application procedures see the J-2 Application for Employment Authorization.
Can J-2 dependents apply for a social security number?
Yes, J-2 dependents may apply for a social security number if they are in possession of a valid Employment Authorization Document.
Can J-2 dependents volunteer in the U.S.?
J-2 dependents may volunteer if their volunteer activities do not displace a paid position.
Can J-2 dependents travel without J-1 students?
Yes. As long as J-1 students maintain lawful status, their J-2 dependents are allowed to travel in and out of country by themselves with proper documentation. If a J-1 student is on Academic Training, the J-2 dependents are advised to carry a copy of J-1 studentâ€™s Academic Training authorization letter in addition to their own immigration documents.
Can J-2 dependents change status (e.g. to F-1 student) in the U.S.?
It is possible to change status in the U.S. if J-2 dependents are not subject to the 212(e) 2-year home residence requirement or if they are approved for a waiver of 212(e). For more information, please contact The Office of International Programs.
Is there a waiver for the 212(e) 2-year home residence requirement?
The Department of State Exchange Visitor Program has information on the waiver process on their website.
Please contact Office of International Programs at (936) 294-4607
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is responsible for all international students and scholars once they arrive at Sam Houston State University. We are glad to assist each department here at SHSU in bringing international students, visiting scholars/researchers and international faculty members to our campus.
International students and scholars that have questions regarding their time here at SHSU can always visit us in OIP, we are located in the Farrington Building, room 116. You can send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (936) 294-4737.
OIP provides information on most immigration issues and concerns for all international students and scholars here at SHSU. We are glad to help with other issues such as cultural adjustment, language barrier, financial problems, and health related matters during your time at SHSU. OIP offer several events during the year for all international students and scholars at SHSU.
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Executive Director of International Programs
|Dana Van De Walker
Recruiter and Special Programs Coordinator
International Graduate Advisor
International Undergraduate Advisor
Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340