F-2 Status for Spouses, Partners & Children

Spouses and children (under 21 and unmarried) of F-1 students hold F-2 status and may accompany you (or join you later) in the U.S. provided you demonstrate that there are sufficient financial resources for their support.

Individuals in F-2 status may not work in the U.S.

F-2 children may only engage in full-time study at the kindergarten through high school (K-12) level. Part-time study is permitted at any level for persons in F-2 status.

To request an I-20 for your spouse or child, complete the F-1 and J-1 Dependent SEVIS Information Form and submit it to OISS along with a copy of your dependent passport and evidence of sufficient funds to support their stay. Check with your OISS adviser for the required funding minimums and to discuss how your dependent will move on to their new F-2 immigration status.