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You will need to apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card. The EAD card allows you to work in any job, full-time or part-time. Here’s how to get one.
1. Gather your J-2 application documents.
|Form G-1145||Put this form on the top of your application. This allows USCIS to notify you (via email or text) when they accept your application.|
|Form I-765||I-765 application|
|A U.S. check or money order for $410 payable to "Department of Homeland Security"||You may use:|
|Most recent I-94 arrival/departure records||Access your records here. Include copies of both yours and the J-1 student or scholar's.|
|Visa stamps in passport||Include copies of both yours and the J-1 student or scholar's|
|DS-2019 forms (current and all previous)||Include copies of both yours and the J-1 student or scholar's.|
|Passport ID page||Include copies of both yours and the J-1 student or scholar's.|
|Two U.S. passport photos of yourself||For photo standards, visit the Department of State website. Other tips:|
|A brief cover letter|
|A photocopy of any previously issued EAD cards.|
2. Send your application documents via regular mail to:
PO Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ 85036
USCIS can take up to three months to process an EAD application. You will receive three documents during this time:
You cannot work after the EAD card has expired, but you may be able to extend your EAD.
EAD extensions, up to the end date of your J-1 spouse’s program, are possible. The extension process also takes an average of three months, so plan ahead.