US student visa dependents

A US student visa dependent is a spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 who is accompanying a student visa holder to the United States.

Dependents can apply for a dependent visa (F-2 for spouses and children of F-1 students and J-2 for spouses and children of J-1 students).

Who is eligible to be a US student visa dependent?

To be eligible to be a US student visa dependent, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be the spouse or unmarried child under the age of 21 of a student visa holder (F-1 or J-1).
  • You must be able to demonstrate that you have sufficient financial support to live in the United States.

Merits of being a US student visa dependent

There are a number of benefits to being a US student visa dependent, including:

  • You can live in the United States with your spouse or parent.
  • You can study in the United States on a part-time basis.
  • You can work in the United States if you have a work permit.
  • You may be eligible to apply for a green card after your spouse or parent has become a permanent resident.

How to apply for a US student visa dependent visa

To apply for a US student visa dependent visa, you must submit the following documents:

  • A completed Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • A copy of your Form I-20.
  • A copy of your spouse’s or parent’s Form I-20.
  • Proof of your relationship to your spouse or parent (marriage certificate or birth certificate).
  • Evidence of your financial support.
  • A passport-style photo.

You will also need to pay a visa application fee.

Once you have submitted your application, you will be scheduled for an interview at a US consulate or embassy in your home country.

The interview is your opportunity to demonstrate that you meet all of the requirements for a student visa dependent visa.

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