Students who do not qualify for AT, or do not wish to participate in AT, may work up to 20 hours per week on-campus, and only with prior approval from the International Student Office.
Yes, a spouse on a J-2 dependent visa may work up to full-time for any employer. However, the spouse must first apply for work authorization through USCIS. Stratford University’s international office can provide more information and guidance on this topic.
Maybe. Many J-1 visa holders are subject to the Two Year Home Residency Requirement. If the J-1 student is subject to this requirement, he or she may not change visa status while in the United States. If the J-1 visa holder is not subject to the two-year home residency requirement, then that student may change status to an F-1 visa while in the country.
The Two Year Home Residency Requirement applies to all students who are funded by their home government or the United States government, as well as students who are studying in a field that is greatly needed in their home country. If subject to this requirement, the student may not change visa status while in the United States. Also, after leaving the United States, the student may not return to the U.S. on an immigrant visa (H, L, green card). The student may return on another J-1 or F-1, B-1 or any other non-immigrant visa, but only after leaving the United States and receiving the new visa from their home country.
Yes. J-1 students must take a full-time on-campus course load (9 credits for graduate students, 13.5 credits for undergraduate students).