J-2 Visa Holders and Work Authorization
J-2 visa-holders are authorized to work in the U.S. part time of full time in any field provided they obtain an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) card from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Currently, EAD cards are taking up to 90 to 120 days to process.
Below are the instructions for J-2 holders if they want to apply for employment authorization. Please make sure you confirm all the information below by looking at the official form I-765. Some information may change without notice. The official details will ALWAYS be found on the original USCIS I-765 form and its instructions. FIU will not be liable for any change to these requirements.
- Compose a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) requesting permission to work. See this sample letter.
- Provide Proof of funding. This could be an offer letter for the J-1, bank letters and/or sponsorship letters.
- Complete Form I-765.
- Make 2 sets of copies of the following documents for J-1 (principal) and J-2 (dependent)
- Passport biographical page
- Passport page with J-1/ J-2 visa stamp, if available.
- Form I-94 (front & back).
- DS 2019 (all forms).
- Have two (2) passport photos of yourself taken within 30 days prior to application.
For more information on photo, check in the form I-765 instructions (Please note that it is your
responsibility for USCIS’ decision as to whether your photographs meet the I-765 specifications.).
- A check or money order for $410 payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (staple to I-765) NOTE: U.S. Department of Homeland Security fees are subject to change, please use the fee indicated on the Form I-765 page.
Receiving your EAD Card
The Employment Authorization Document (EAD) will be mailed to you to the address you stated in Form I-765.
The EAD is the official approval for your employment. Make sure to check that all the personal information on the EAD is correct. It is estimated that it will take USCIS a minimum of 90 to 120 days to process this application.
You CANNOT begin employment UNTIL you have the EAD card from DHS. Working without
authorization is unauthorized employment, a deportable offense.
Other Useful Information
If you wish to receive an e-mail and/or a text message notification confirming that your application has been received byt USCIS, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and add it to the first page of your application.
Notice of Receipt
A “notice of receipt” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be sent to you in two to four weeks after you send your documents. With htis information, you will be able to monitor the progress of your applicaion on the DHS website
Relocating to a Different Address
Please do not change your address with the US Postal Office while your application is pendingIf and until you get your work authorization.
Please note that J-2 employment authorization expires at the same time as the DS2019. This means that if you wish to continue working after your DS2019 expires you must apply for renewal of your employment authorization at the time the extension of the DS2019 is processed. You can extend your work permit up until the end of your J-1 DS-2029. This extension can take up to 90 days.