Spouse and Dependent Filing Requirements
Spouses and dependents in J-2 immigration status, who are authorized to work, file Form 8843 and either Form 1040NR or Form 1040NR-EZ. Spouses and dependents who enter the U.S. in J-2 immigration status and are permitted to work, must pay into social security and Medicare. They cannot file to have their social security tax refunded. If they do not have a filing requirement for Form 1040NR/NR-EZ, then they will only need to file Form 8843.
If filing the Form 8843 as a stand-alone signature document, be sure to include your site identification number (SIDN).