J-2 dependents are eligible to apply for work permission in the United States if the income from such employment is not needed to support the J-1. Authorized work permission allows a J-2 dependent to work an unlimited number of hours per week in any type of job. Applications for J-2 work permission must be sent directly to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for approval and do not need approval of the OGS. Work permission from the USCIS is granted in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). J-2 applicants should not begin employment until USCIS authorization is received. Processing time currently takes 60-90 days. The USCIS routinely mails the EAD directly to the J-2’s home address as completed on the application.