Can such a kind of person, work anywhere at any position like a green card holder? or there is a difference or limit?For example, can they work as religious worker without the need of R visa?
If you have a work permit and a J-2 visa holder, you can work anywhere provided that the job description itself does not limit one to being a US citizen or legal permanent resident. For example, federal employment is generally reserved for US citizens or legal permanent residents. However, most jobs are still at your disposal.
If you have a validly issued EAD by USCIS, as a J-2 visa holder you can work for whichever employer that would want (and is ultimately able) to hire you. There are no limitations, except when a specific security clearance is required.
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If you have successfully obtained a work permit from USCIS, you can generally work in any occupation which does not require U.S. citizenship or legal resident status. Aside from this, a major difference is that your work permit is generally valid for up to one year but you may submit additional applications for employment authorization annually until the end of your J-2 status. For more information specific to your situation, contact an immigration attorney.
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