J-1 visitors have to document that they have monthly financial support of at least $1,200 per month for the duration of their program. The first J-2 dependent has to have at least $500 per month in support, and each additional dependent needs to have at least $300 per month. The J-2 dependent has to have financial support for the length of the J-1’s program.
A family of four, for example, would need to show proof of $1,200 per month in support for the J-1 scholar, $500 per month for the spouse, and $300 per month for each child. The total is $2,300 per month, and it must be available for the entire program.