TN 1 (02-10)
RM 10211.340 General Evidence of Immigration Status and Employment Authorization for the J1 (Exchange
Visitor) or J2 (Dependent of J1) classes of admission
CITATIONS: Social Security Act Sections 205(c)(2)(B)(i)(I) and (III), and 205(c)(2)(B)(ii); 20 CFR 422.104, 422.105 and 422.107
Persons with J1and J2 non-immigrant class of admission must submit evidence of nonimmigrant
status per RM 10211.135 and Form DS-2019 (Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange
Visitor (J1) Status) as evidence of immigration status for an SSN card.
EXCEPTION: If the individual has a currently valid EAD (Employment Authorization Document such
as I-766), the EAD is sufficient evidence of immigration status and employment authorization,
even in the absence of evidence of nonimmigrant status per RM 10211.135 and a DS-2019.
For additional information on EADs, see RM 10210.500B.
Employment authorization for a J-1 exchange visitor who is not issued an EAD is determined
based on entries on the DS-2019, not the evidence of nonimmigrant status. To determine
if the J1 or J2 exchange visitor is employment authorized, see RM 10211.345.
RM 10211.345, Evidence of Employment Authorization for the J1 (Exchange Visitor) and J2 (Dependent
of J1) Classes of Admission