Family and Dependents
Eligible dependents (spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21) of J-1 exchange visitors may obtain the J-2 visa.
Bringing a dependent to the U.S.
Dependents may apply for a visa at the same time as the principle visa holder or after the principle holder arrives in the U.S. To begin the process, principle exchange visitors need to request a dependent DS-2019 form from the International Services Center (ISC) office. Dependents must then apply to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for a visa. For instruction on both, please contact the ISC.
Benefits and Restrictions of Visa
- May travel in and out of the United States as long as the principle visa holder is maintaining immigration status. Please see travel guidelines for details.
- May enroll in courses full-time or part-time as a degree seeking or non-degree seeking student. Please note: J-2 dependents who choose to enroll in courses at UCF must purchase health insurance according to State of Florida regulations, which are currently higher than federal requirements. J-2 dependents will not be able to register for classes until proof of proper insurance is provided. For more information on student health insurance, please refer to the Students section of the website, under Maintaining Visa Status.
- May apply for work authorization from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as long as employment is not to support the principle J-1 visa holder. Once authorization is obtained, dependents may work full-time or part-time. Please refer to the Employment Guidelines for J-2 Dependents for more information.
- Must provide proof of health insurance throughout their stay in the United States.
FORMS and FILES