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J-2 Work Permission Sample Letter

Below you will find a sample of a letter written to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to request J-2 work permission.

You should compose your own letter following the guidelines on our J-2 Work Authorization page.

Please be sure to confirm the mailing address for your application on the USCIS website before sending.


May 5, 2010

Jose A. Siu Martinez
222 W. Elm Street #1
Champaign, IL 61820

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Phoenix Lockbox
P.O. Box 21281
Phoenix, AZ, 85036

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to request employment authorization. My name is Jose A. Siu Martinez, and I am the J-2 dependent of Ms. Julia Zamora Siu, a Ph.D. student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As my wife's studies keep her very busy, and I would like permission to take a job. I am an artist and an instructor in my home country of Costa Rica. J-2 work permission would enable me to practice my profession while I am here with my wife. At the same time, I hope to earn enough money to take some additional classes that would keep me up-to-date professionally.

I am providing you with the following information about our monthly income and expenditures, so that you can see that we already have enough money to cover our basic necessities:

Monthly Expenses Monthly Income

Health Insurance Premium

Spouse's Graduate Assistantship
Family Funds from Abroad
Total Expenses $1,200.00 Total Income $1,575.00

I would like to emphasize that any income derived from my employment will be used for my support and not that of my spouse.

Please feel free to call me at 217-555-5500 if you should have any questions about this application.

Sincerely yours,
Jose A. Siu Martinez