An F2 visa may be obtained by an F1 visa visa holder’s spouse and minor children. An F2 visa holder may remain in the U.S. for as long as the original F1 visa holder remains & maintains legal status in the U.S.
An F2 visa holder has the right to change his or her status in the U.S. to another classification.
Employment Authorization / Right to Work
An F2 visa holder may not accept employment while residing in the U.S. in F2 status. He or she must obtain a work/employment/training visa.
An F2 visa holder may engage in full or part time study of his/her own while residing in the U.S. as the dependent of an F1 Student.
For whom is an F2 Visa appropriate?
Spouse and children of F1 visa holders who wish to visit or accompany the F1 visa holder to the United States.
What are the requirements for obtaining an F2 Visa?
The spouse and minor children accompanying an F-1 student are eligible for admission in F-2 status, provided that the student is admitted in F-1 status. The spouse and minor children following-to-join an F-1 student are eligible for admission to the United States in F-2 status if they are able to demonstrate that the F-1 student has been admitted and is, or will be enrolled, within 30 days, in a full course of study, or will be engaged in approved practical training following completion of his/her academic studies.