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My wife has got admission in a PhD program in USA. So she's going to get J1 and I can get a J2 visa as her dependent. All J series visas have home residency requirements so I have to return when her J1 visa expires.

If I get a good job there while on J2, can I get my status changed to H1B so I won't have to leave a settled job when J1 expires?

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    The advice I got at the time, from international service at the University sponsoring my wife's J1 visa, was: do not get a J2 if you plan to find work, it's better to get your own visa.
    – gerrit
    May 11 '17 at 10:44
  • "All J series visas have home residency requirements so I have to return when her J1 visa expires." Some J1 programs do, and some don't.
    – user102008
    May 18 '17 at 2:40
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    To answer your question, if the J1 has the 2-year home residency requirement, any J2 dependents also have the requirement, and cannot get H or L visas until accruing 2 years of physical presence in the home country, unless the requirement is waived.
    – user102008
    May 18 '17 at 2:42

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