Dependents are legal spouses or unmarried children under the age of 21. Dependents of F-1 students must possess an I-20 in order to enter the U.S. Domestic Partners are not eligible for dependent status but may apply for B-2 visas.
Dependents of an F-1 Student
Dependents may accompany you, the F-1 student, to the U.S. or follow to join you at a later date. Dependent family members hold F-2 status.
In order to qualify for F-2 status, individuals must establish to the satisfaction of the officer at the U.S. consulate and the immigration officer at the port of entry that the individual:
- Is your spouse or child. Translated marriage licenses and birth certificates are accepted forms of proof. You must officially be married before ISS can issue a dependent I-20 for your spouse.
- Has sufficient funds to cover expenses while in the U.S.
- Intends to leave the U.S. upon completion of your F-1 status.
Each F-2 dependent must have their own original F2 I-20.