This page explains requirements for bringing your family with you while you study in the U.S.
J-1 students may bring their spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years old) as dependents. Each family member will need a Form DS-2019 and will need to apply at an American embassy or consulate for a J-2 visa to enter the U.S.
Information about your immediate family
- Your J-2 family can stay with you in the U.S. as long as your own J-1 status continues.
- Your J-2 family can study part-time or full-time in the U.S.
- Your J-2 family may apply for permission to work in the U.S. Please consult the ISSC for further information about employment authorization for J-2 family members.
Information about other family
A family member who is not a minor child or spouse and wants to visit the U.S. may request a B-2 tourist visa. The application process is explained on the U.S. Department of State website. The ISSC may provide you a Family Visit letter to assist the family member in obtaining this visa.