The content on these pages is designed for use by LSUHSC-New Orleans sponsored students, exchange visitors and employees. It is not intended to constitute legal advice and is not a substitute for legal counsel.
Only legal spouses (as recognized by U.S. Immigration law) and children under the age of 21 are eligible for J-2 Dependent status.
J-2 Dependents may NOT:
work incident to their status
receive stipend or assistantship funds from LSUHSC-New Orleans without current work authorization
"Volunteer" in positions normally occupied by paid workers without current work authorization
J-2 Dependents may:
Attend school (K-12)
Volunteer with community organizations and non-profits in traditional volunteer positions
apply for employment authorization directly to USCIS (Must complete Form I-765, a sample support letter can be found here.)
Study full or part time in pursuit of a degree (College/University) or certification
J-2 Dependent status is contingent upon the J-1 principal properly maintaining their J-1 status. If the J-1 falls out of status, all J-2 dependents associated with the principal will also be considered out of status.
For information about J-2 dependent children who will reach the age of 21 while in J-2 status, click here.
For information about immigration options for unmarried partners and other family members who do not qualify as a spouse or child for J-2 purposes, click here.
Pursuant to LSU System Policy, PM-31, J-1/J-2 status holders are NOT eligible to establish Louisiana residency in order to receive in-state tuition at LSUHSC-New Orleans.