J-2 Dependents (spouse and/or children)

Defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of J-1 visa holder. J-1 dependents: 

  • May enter the U.S. with/after the J-1 student, but never before 

  • May request employment authorization from USCIS but income cannot be used to support J-1 visa holder 

  • Must have Form DS-2019 each time they travel outside the U.S.  

  • May study full or part-time 

  • Status is valid only if the J-1 exchange visitor maintains status 

Inviting a J-2 Dependent 
You may invite your spouse or unmarried children to join you at MSU, Mankato. You are required to show sufficient financial resources and proof of adequate insurance. 

The Kearney Center will prepare J-2 dependent DS-2019. The dependent(s) will use the J-2 dependent DS-2019 to apply for a J-2 dependent visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Check with the Department of State website for more details.