Your spouse or unmarried children under 21 may accompany you while you pursue a program of study, research, or teaching in the United States.
If you are an F-1 visa holder, each of your dependents may enter the United States with an F-2 visa.
If your family members wish to visit the United States as tourists, they will need to apply for a B-2 visitor visa. It is customary for the student to write a letter of invitation for their family member(s).
Your children may stay with you on an F-2 visa only until they turn 21. They will need a new visa status to stay in the U.S. after their 21st birthday. Please contact International Student and Scholar Services at least 1 year before their 21st birthday to make plans for obtaining a new status for your child.
How to apply for an F-2 visa
Send the following documents to the International Student Program office (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Financial documentation covering the F-1 and all current and requested F-2 dependents (e.g., bank statement)
- Copy of biographical page of passport
The International Student Program office will add your dependent(s) to your SEVIS record. Then we will issue a new I-20 to you and each of your accompanying dependents.