Bringing Your Family
Request a Dependent Document
If your spouse or child(ren) will accompany you during your studies or for extended periods of time, they might qualify for a dependent visa (F-2 or J-2).
To request a dependent I-20 or DS-2019, submit the following documents to International Student Services (ISS):
Financial Guarantee Form and corresponding proof of funding documents to cover your own expenses for a year plus an additional $8,000 for your spouse and $5,000 for each child. J-2 dependents are also required to have health insurance that meets the regulations.
Marriage certificate and certified English-translation
Copies of the passport biographical page for your spouse and/or child(ren)
If your dependent is currently outside of the U.S., check the U.S. consulate or embassy website for F-2 or J-2 visa application requirements. If your dependent is in the U.S. and would like to apply for a change of status with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), please schedule an appointment with an international student advisor for more information.
Part-Time Study for F-2 Dependents
F-2 children may engage in full-time study at the K-12 level (elementary, middle or high school). Effective May 2015, F-2 spouses and children may also enroll for less than a full course of study at a college, university or community college, even if that part-time study eventually leads to a degree or certificate. The chart below explains how the University of Arizona defines less than a full course of study.
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F-2 dependents are prohibited from engaging in employment (paid or unpaid).
Read more at Study in the States.
J-2 dependents can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) from USCIS in order to be employed in the U.S. The employment cannot be for the purpose of supporting the J-1. Read more about the process in the J-2 Work Authorization Packet.
J-2 dependents can study part-time or full-time.
J-2 dependents must carry health insurance at all times. Read more about J-2 health insurance requirements.