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F-2 Dependents

F-2 dependents are defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student. 

F-2 dependents remain in status only as long as the F-1 from whom the status is derived remains in valid F-1 status (and only until attaining age 21 if a dependent child).

F-2 Study Restrictions—an F-2 child is eligible to be enrolled full- or part-time in Elementary or Secondary School only (Grades K-12).  An F-2 Spouse may enroll ONLY in ESU’s Intensive English Program.  They may be full- or part-time.

Employment—the F-2 dependent s not eligible for any employment in the United States.

F-2 and Travel:
  • The F-2 can enter the U.S. with or after the F-1 nonimmigrant, but never before
  • Once in the U.S., the F-1 must have a properly signed Form I-20 along with a valid passport and F-2 visa to travel abroad and re-enter the U.S.
  • May not remain in the U.S. after the F-1 student is absent from the U.S. unless the absence is of short-duration.
Inviting an F-2 Dependent
  • Copy of F-1 Student’s Form I-20
  • Dependent’s passport information page(s)
  • Verification of financial ability:
    • ESU Funding: If you have a GA/GRA/GTA, Lecturer position, fellowship or departmental scholarship, provide your offer letter/contract that outines your salary and benefit information.
    • Other Funding (ex. personal, family, home government): Upload current evidence of financial support3 for yourself and your dependent(s), for at least one year of attendance (or until the anticipated completion of degree, whichever is shorter). For the minimum amount, refer to your specific major/program’s estimated cost of attendance4. Don’t forget to add the cost for dependents (= amount listed under ‘Dependent Expenses’ at the bottom of the cost information for your program, multiplied by the number of dependents). 



Note: If you have already started a request, do not start a new request. Please go to your User Home Page to continue working on your request.

When can I pick up the Dependent I-20?
An OIE advisor will prepare the necessary SEVIS dependent I-20(s).  An OIE staff member will notify the student by e-mail when the form is available to be picked up. This generally takes three (3) business days.  The student's dependent(s) will then use the I-20(s), marked "for use by dependents", to apply for an F-2 dependent visa at a US embassy or consulate abroad (or apply for a change of status6 within the U.S.).