How to Apply
Assembling Your Application
In order to apply to the USCIS for permission to work in the U.S., the J-2 dependent must submit the following:
- A fully completed Form I-765. On line 16, of Form I-765, the J-2 dependent should mark (c) (5) in the spaces provided for eligibility categories.
- The filing fee. Write the check to “U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services”. The fee may be in the form of a personal check, a bank check or a money order (DO NOT SEND CASH). Staple the check or money order to the front of the Form I-765. (Click here for current USCIS filing fees.)
- A copy of your Form DS-2019
- A copy of the front and back of your most recent Form I-94
- A copy of the J-1 Exchange Visitor's most recent, unexpired Form DS-2019
- Two passport-style photographs of yourself. Write your name and date of birth on the back of each photograph. (We suggest you place the photographs in a small plastic bag or envelope and staple them to your application.)
- Copies of your and the J-1's passport pages showing identifying information (i.e., the page with the photo, date of birth, date of passport's issue and expiration). Also include the page with J-1/J-2 visas if you entered the U.S. in J-1/J-2 visa status.
- If you are requesting a renewal of your work authorization, also send a copy (front and back) of your last EAD card.
- A written statement addressed to the USCIS along with any appropriate supporting documentation (copy of your bank balance, a letter from the J-1 Exchange Visitor's employer documenting his/her salary, etc.) verifying that your employment will not be used to support the J-1 Exchange Scholar. (See sample letter.)
Where to Send Your Application
Mail your application and all supporting documentation to:
USCIS Dallas Lockbox
For U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Deliveries:
PO Box 660867
Dallas, TX 75266
For Express mail and courier deliveries:
2501 S. State Hwy. 121 Business
Lewisville, TX 75067
Be sure to make a copy of your completed application materials before mailing.
Always mail applications to the USCIS via U.S. certified mail with a return receipt or priority mail at the Post Office. Doing so will ensure that you have a record of the materials you have sent and the date on which they were received.