An R-2 visa may be obtained by a spouse and minor children of an R-1 visa holder. An R-2 visa holder may remain in the U.S. for as long as the principal R-1 visa holder remains in legal status.
An R2 visa holder wishing to change his/her status to another classification in the US.may do so by applying/petitioning to USCIS.
An R2 visa holder may not accept employment. He or she must obtain a work visa by applying to do with USCIS.
An R2 visa holder may engage in full or part time study.
Spouse and children of R1 visa holders who wish to visit or accompany the R1 visa holder to the United States.
What are the requirements for obtaining an R2 Visa?
The religious worker’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are entitled to the same nonimmigrant classification and same length of stay in the U.S. as the R-1 religious worker, if the religious worker will be employed and residing primarily in the United States, and if the spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are accompanying or following to join the religious worker in the United States. Neither the spouse nor any child may accept employment while in the United States in R2 nonimmigrant status.