Resources for Dependents (Spouse/Children)

We hope these resources for spouses and children will guide you and your family through an exciting transition and opportunities for building life-long friendships.

Resources for Spouses and Children

✐ Employment

J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for employment authorization with the U.S.immigration agency USCIS). They can apply for work authorization only after you (the J-1) has entered the U.S, and may not start to work until the approval is received. Learn more about the J-2 application for work permission.

F-2 dependents are not permitted to work in the U.S. in F-2 status.

Social Security Numbers (SSNs)

Social Security Numbers are issued only to those who have authorized employment in the United States.

Individuals in F-2 or J-2 status who are not eligible for an SSN may apply for an Individual Taxpayer ID (ITIN) if needed for filing a tax return.

✐ Study

For F-2, J-2, H-4, O-3, E-3D, and TD status, 

✐ English Language Programs

English as a Second Language programs, more commonly known as ESL programs, are widely available in the city:

⚘ Community Involvement/Volunteer Work

☏ Family Support

☆ Child Care and Schools

☆ Kids in the City

NYC Playgrounds

Online Resources

✐ Libraries

✆ Gym Membership

To gain access to Columbia's Dodge Fitness Center, your dependent will need to provide documentation that has both your name and your spouse’s name and address on it, such as a lease or bank statement, and documents reflecting the F-2 or J-2 immigration status. See the family section of Dodge's eligibility page for more information.