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F-2 Visa Questions

The F-2 visa is a dependent visa available to spouses and children of F-1 visa holders, provided the children are under 21 years of age. The F-2 status is completely dependent on the F-1 visa status. When the F-1 visa ends, the F-2 visa would also come to an end. As long as the F-1 visa status is valid, F-2 visa status would be valid. Listed below are some top questions answered by Experts on questions related to the F-2 visa.

Can an F-2 visa holder work in the U.S.?

If you have an F-2 visa, you can’t be employed in the U.S. As an F-2 visa holder, you cannot be paid for work or for a business in which you participate. However, you can invest and be passive in a business, like owing stock and getting a return on the investment.

I have applied to change my visa status from B-1 to F-1, my application for school has been accepted and they have issued my Form I- 20. Now, I want to know how to apply for an F-2 visa for my spouse who is not residing in the U.S.

First you must receive your F-1 visa. Then, from outside the U.S., your spouse can apply for an F-2 visa with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. This following link has more detail:

http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/types/types_1268.html#8

Your spouse should complete Form DS-160 but should also be registered on your Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

My spouse’s F-2 visa has been rejected twice. She has provided sufficient proof such as an I-20 and bank statement that states she will be back but still they have not approved her F-2 visa. Can she now reapply with property documents? Can I seek the help of attorney? My spouse and I are from different countries, and previously she applied from her home country. Can now she reapply from my native country?

Your spouse should submit a financial statement with proper proof about the property she owns in her home country. Even though the F-2 visa is offered for dependents, your spouse should prove she has a strong tie to her home country. Your spouse would need to reapply as there is no formal appeal. Also, since the application shows close ties to her home country, it is better for her to reapply from there. Moreover, since she does not live in your home country, the consulate may suspect your spouse as having immigrant intent if she applies from there.

After two F-2 visa rejections, it would be sensible to seek out an immigration attorney to help your spouse in organizing the F-2 visa documents to assist her in the interview.

The F-2 visa is an excellent option for those who want to stay in the U.S. along with an F-1 visa holder. The dependents should be able to travel freely within the country with a valid F-2 Visa. F-2 Visa application will be processed quickly once you provide the proper F-2 visa documents.
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