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J-2 Employment Authorization

A J-2 dependent of an exchange visitor may apply to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for work permission if the work is not needed to support the J-1 exchange visitor. For example, a J-2 dependent may:


To apply for work permission, submit the following to USCIS:

The letter should explain why the J-2 visitor would like to be employed. It should specifically state that the income earned by the J-2 visitor will not be used to support the J-1. Include a brief budget with the letter, showing that the J-1 exchange visitor has enough money to remain in the U.S. without extra income from the J-2.

Mail the complete application to:

U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Nebraska Service Center
850 "S" Street
P.O. Box 87765
Lincoln, NE 68501-7765


International Students & Scholar Services · Sullivan Center, 6339 N. Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sherdian Road, Chicago, IL 60660
773.508.3899 · iss@luc.edu

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