Work Permit for J-2 spouse

Procedure for J-2 Visa Holders to Request Work Permission

J-2 visa-holders are authorized to work in the U.S. as long as 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.

To apply for an EAD card, you will need the following documents:

  1. Completed I-765 Application Form
    On item #9, leave blank if you do not yet have a Social Security number. On item #16, put in the code, “(C)(5)( )”.
  2. Photocopy of J-2’s electronic I-94 Form
  3. Photocopy of J-2’s name page in passport (include any passport extension pages)
  4. Photocopy of J-2’s visa stamp in passport (not applicable for Canadians)
  5. Photocopy J-2’s Form DS-2019
  6. Photocopy previously issued EAD cards, if any (if the spouse worked before in the US)
  7. Check or money order 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.
  8. Two (2) American passport photos. Passport photo shops are generally able to take these types of photos. Print your name lightly in pencil on the back of each photo. Put the photos in an envelope and write “Photos” as well as your name and I-94 number on the envelope.
  9. Financial statement. Use this financial statement sample letter in support of your application. Insert your personal information into the areas of bold text.
  10. Proof of Marriage. Photocopy of marriage certificate, with certification of translation if not in English
  11. Photocopies of J-1 information (DS-2019, passport, J-1 visa stamp, and electronic I-94 Form)

For Overnight or Courier Delivery (RECOMMENDED), please use a service such as FedEx Next Day, UPS, etc. If using the United States Post Office (USPS) to mail your application, using “CERTIFIED Mail” is recommended.

Please be sure to mail your documents to the correct Lockbox address based on the mailing method you select.

Additional Considerations

To receive an e-mail and/or a text message that your application has been accepted at USCIS, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance and clip it to the first page of your application.

Notice of Receipt
In two to four weeks you should receive a “notice of receipt” from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Keep this notice of receipt to track your application on DHS website.


J-2 簽證持有人申請工作許可的程序

J-2 簽證持有人只要從美國國土安全部獲得 EAD(就業授權文件)卡,就可以在美國工作。目前,EAD 卡最多需要 90 到 120 天的時間來處理。


  1. 已完成 I-765 申請表
    如果您還沒有社會安全號碼,請在第 9 項中留空。在第 16 項中,輸入代碼“(C)(5)( )”。
  2. J-2 的 I-94 電子表格複印件
  3. 護照中 J-2 姓名頁的複印件(包括任何護照延期頁)
  4. 護照上的 J-2 簽證印章複印件(不適用於加拿大人)
  5. 複印 J-2 的 DS-2019 表格
  6. 複印之前簽發的 EAD 卡(如果有)(如果配偶之前在美國工作過)
  7. 支票或匯票的收款人為:
    美國國土安全部(I-765 的訂書釘)”
    注意:美國國土安全部需支付費用如需更改,請使用 I-765 表格頁面上顯示的費用。
  8. 兩 (2) 張美國護照照片。護照照片店通常可以拍攝這些類型的照片。在每張照片的背面用鉛筆輕輕印上你的名字。將照片放入信封中,並在信封上寫上“照片”以及您的姓名和 I-94 號碼。
  9. 財務報表。使用此財務報表樣本信來支持您的申請。將您的個人信息插入粗體文本區域。
  10. 結婚證明。結婚證複印件,如果不是英文,需提供翻譯證明
  11. J-1 信息的複印件(DS-2019、護照、J-1 簽證印章和電子 I-94 表格)

對於隔夜或快遞(推薦),請使用 FedEx Next Day、UPS 等服務。如果使用美國郵局 (USPS) 郵寄您的申請,建議使用“CERTIFIED Mail”。< /p>



接收您的應用程序擁有的電子郵件和/或短信被美國公民及移民服務局接受,填寫表格 G-1145,申請/申請接受的電子通知,並將其夾在申請的第一頁。

在兩到四個星期內,您應該會收到來自美國國土安全部 (DHS)。保留此收據通知,以便在 DHS 網站上跟踪您的申請。