The F-2 visa

The F-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows spouses and children (under 21 years old) of F-1 student visa holders to live in the United States while the student is enrolled in school.

F-2 visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States, but they can study full-time in elementary or secondary school.

Who is eligible for an F-2 visa?

To be eligible for an F-2 visa, you must be the spouse or unmarried child (under 21 years old) of an F-1 student visa holder. You must also be able to show that you have sufficient financial support to live in the United States while you are on your F-2 visa.

What are the benefits of having an F-2 visa?

There are several benefits to having an F-2 visa. First, you will be able to live in the United States with your spouse or parent while they are studying. This can be a great way to stay together as a family and to experience American culture.

Second, as an F-2 visa holder, you will be able to study full-time in elementary or secondary school. This can be a great opportunity for your children to get a high-quality education in the United States.

Finally, as an F-2 visa holder, you will be able to travel freely in and out of the United States. This means that you can visit your home country or other countries without having to apply for a new visa each time.

How to apply for an F-2 visa

To apply for an F-2 visa, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Fill out the DS-160 form. This is an online application form that requires you to provide information about yourself, your family, and your travel plans.
  2. Pay the visa application fee. The visa application fee is currently US$160.
  3. Schedule an interview at a US embassy or consulate. You will need to bring your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, and other required documents to your interview.
  4. Attend your interview. At your interview, the consular officer will ask you questions about your visa application and your travel plans.

What to expect at your F-2 visa interview

At your F-2 visa interview, the consular officer will ask you questions about your relationship with the F-1 student visa holder, your financial support, and your travel plans.

The consular officer will also want to see your passport, DS-160 confirmation page, and other required documents.

How long can I stay in the United States on an F-2 visa?

You can stay in the United States on an F-2 visa for as long as the F-1 student visa holder maintains valid status. If the F-1 student visa holder graduates or leaves the United States, you will need to leave as well.

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