Your dependent spouse and children (unmarried and under the age of 21), may apply for an F-2 visa or change of status to F-1 to accompany you in the United States while you are in F-1 student status. F-2 dependents are NOT allowed employment under any circumstances. F-2 children may attend school up to the high school level, but there are strict restrictions on attendance at the university level or for language training.
Please be sure to discuss education of your F-2 dependents with an International Student Advisor prior to having them start an educational program.
Documents that F-1 must prepare
To have your dependents join you, an I-20 form must be issued for them.
NOTE: These support documents CANNOT be more than six months old.
- F-2/J-2 Application form
- Proof of marriage for a spouse (original); If the marriage certificate is not in English, please provide a copy of the marriage certificate and the official English translation.
- Copy of passport page(s) showing name, date of birth, place of birth and citizenship
- Proof of birth for a child (birth certificate) (original); If the birth certificate is not in English, please provide a copy of the birth certificate and the official English translation
- Proof of financial support for yourself and your dependent(s) (see the detail below)
- Undergraduate – $49,935 + $7,370 per dependent*
- Graduate – $33,555 + $7,370 per dependent*
- Dental Hygiene (Undergraduate) – $55,490 + $7,370 per dependent
- Acupuncture – $38,415 + $7,370 per dependent
- Chiropractic – $49,945 + $7,370 per dependent
- Naturopathic Medicine – $48,653 + $7,370 per dependent
- Education – $31,560 + $7,370 per dependent
- Global Development and Peace- $31,535 + $7,370 per dependent
- Design Management – $34,185 + $7,370 per dependent
- Physician Assistant – $58,910 + $7,370 per dependent
Students on OPT provide:
- $14,740 Room and Board + $7,370 per dependent
For personal funds and non-personal (family) funds
You must supply a bank letter (savings or checking account only) on an official letterhead signed and dated by a bank official from within the last six months (scan okay). The funds must be sufficient to cover the expenses for you (the student) and for your spouse and children.
For non-personal funds, you must supply an Affidavit of Support (scan okay). If you don’t have a notarized affidavit of support (because notary is not readily available in your country), you may download this form.
For government or company sponsored students
Government or company-sponsored students must submit an official letter from their sponsoring agency indicating which costs (tuition, fees, health insurance, room, board, etc.) will be provided, which program they are sponsoring the applicant for, and the date the sponsor will be covering from. To receive the I-20 form without delay, be sure to send these documents along with your application form.