Visa Documents for Dependents of UIS Students
The spouse and/or unmarried minor (under 21) children of an F-1 student may accompany the student to the United States or follow at a later date. The dependent family members will be admitted in F-2 status.
To qualify for eligibility, the spouse or unmarried minor child must establish to the satisfaction of the consular officer and the immigration officer at the port of entry that:
- He or she is the spouse (marriage license) or child (birth certificate) of the F-1 principal
- He or she has sufficient funds to cover his/her expenses, or that other arrangements have been made to provide for such expenses once in the United States.
- He or she intends to leave the United States upon the termination of the status of the principal F-1 student
Each dependent will be issued his / her own visa documents, but the status of the dependents is always based upon the status of the principal F-1 student. The process of visa acquisition and port of entry procedures is similar for both principals and dependents. F-2 dependents may not accept employment nor engage in full-time (post-secondary) study.
If you are interested in having your spouse and / or children accompany you to the United States, please communicate this to the Admissions Office before your own immigration documents are issued. If you would like your spouse and/or children to join you in the United States AFTER you have already arrived, you will need to provide the ISS Office with a copy of each dependent’s passport and proof of funding to cover your dependents. Additional estimated expenses for family members accompanying a student to the United States are $6,000 USD for a spouse and $4,000 USD for each child.