How to apply for a J2 Visa?
Eligibility for a J2 Dependent Visa depends on the requirements and the benefits of every specific J1 program. For example, exchange categories such as au pair or camp counselor do not permit the release of J2 Visas.
If you are eligible, your employer must agree to sponsor your family’s petition. Therefore, the details of each member must be included in the main application.
Your sponsor will need to file a Form DS-2019 for each dependent who is going to accompany the J-1 Visa holder. The J2 Visa processing time will then be the same as the J1 permit.
Once your visa is approved, you can either accompany or join later the principal J-1 holder in the U.S.