How to Request a Dependent I-20
The spouse and unmarried, minor children (under the age of 21) of an F-1 student can be admitted in F-2 status to accompany the student to the U.S. or to join the student at a later date. In order to do so, the dependents need to have a dependent I-20 from the university. Please see an international student advisor for more information.
Study Restrictions for F-2 Dependents
Immigration regulations have restrictions on study and work for F-2 dependents. The F-2 spouse of an F-1 student may not engage in full-time study, and the F-2 child may only engage in full-time study if the study is in an elementary or secondary school (kindergarten through twelfth grade). Part-time study is permitted only if it is “avocational or recreational.” If you need further clarification on what may be considered “avocational or recreational,” please consult with an International Student Advisor. Failure to abide by this regulation is a violation of F-2 status.
If an F-2 dependent is interested in full-time study or part-time study that is not avocational or recreational, then the F-2 must apply for a change of status to F-1. To find out more information about this option, contact an International Student Advisor.
Work Restrictions for F-2 Dependents
F-2 dependents are not permitted to work in the United States.