The spouse and unmarried minor children (under the age of 21) of a J-1 Visitor (student/scholar) may accompany the J-1 student/scholar to the United States or follow the J-1 at a later date. The dependent family members will be granted J-2 status provided they establish to the satisfaction of the consular officer at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate and of the immigration officer at the port of entry that they have sufficient funds to cover their expenses or that other arrangements have been made to provide for their expenses, and "that they intend to leave the United States upon the termination of the status of the principal J-1."
If Kent State University is the J-1's sponsor* and the dependent requires a DS-2019, the J-1 student/scholar should call to make an appointment and be prepared to bring the following to ISSS:
Upon entry of the J-2 dependent(s) into the United States, the J-1 student must report the arrival of dependent(s) be prepared to bring passport(s), I-94(s) and DS - 2019 to ISSS.
*If Kent State University is not the J-1's sponsor, the J-1 student/scholar must petition the sponsoring agency directly to request the necessary documents for dependent(s) J-2 entry visa.
J-2 dependents may request employment from USCIS. The income for such employment must be used to supplement or enhance the family's customary recreational and cultural activities and related travel, among other things. Employment will not be authorized if this income is needed to support the J-1 principal. Support for the J-1 principal and dependent(s) must be provided by the J-1.