The dependents of J-1 Exchange Visitors are referred to as J-2 dependents. Only the spouse and unmarried minor children (under 21 years of age) are eligible for J-2 status.
J-1 Exchange Visitors can request a J-2 dependent DS-2019 at the same time that their DS-2019 is prepared or if they initially come alone but later want their dependents to join them, they will need to complete a J-2 Dependent DS-2019 Request Form and submit it to their J-1 Advisor.
Additional information must be given to the J-1 Advisor in order to prepare a dependent J-2 DS-2019. The minimum annual funding requirement for a J-1 at UK is $22,000; to add a spouse an additional $6,800; and to add a child an additional $4,700 per child. If the additional funding is not through UK, it's necessary to attach a copy of an official bank statement or other funding source documentation to the J-2 Dependent DS-2019 Request Form.
In addition to the required funding documentation, a copy of the official marriage certificate should also be attached along with an English translation. Finally, a copy of the passport bio page of each accompanying J-2 dependent should be attached.
A J-2 DS-2019 is issued for dependents and each family member will have his or her own SEVIS ID number as noted on his or her DS-2019.
If you would like to add a J-2 dependent, submit the Add a New Scholar Dependent (SEVIS Document) e-form in iCAT under J-1 Scholar Services. Multiple submissions are permitted to add each new dependent if more than one."