Dependents of International Students and Scholars are expected to follow all the Immigration Regulations as well as their Sponsors. F-2 dependent spouses are not permitted to pursue a full course of academic study or accept any employment but must switch to F-1 or J-1 status as appropriate. They may only enroll part-time in classes until they have received an approval from USCIS.
The following immigration classifications are permitted to study, but may not lawfully accept employment while in the U.S.:
H-4 dependents of H-1B temporary workers (may accept employment with EAD)
TD dependents of TN (NAFTA) workers
The following immigration classifications are permitted to study full or part-time, and may apply for employment authorization incident to their status:
Dependents in E-2 or L-2 status
Dependents in G-4 status
Dependent spouses in J-2 status
Financial Verification: The amount in the Financial Verification will change in accordance with the number of dependents (dependent spouse and dependent additional per child). When applying for a visa, make sure that your Financial Verification Letter includes the additional amount for living expenses of your dependents.
Since it takes the US Citizenship and Immigration Services quite some time to getthis type of case approved, we advise you to apply for a change of status with USCIS well in advance of your proposed beginning date of study so that you can allow enough time for the case to be approved. Please do not wait until the last minute to submit your application to USCIS. In the event that your change of status is not approved before the semester begins, you must apply for a deferral of your admission at the Office of Admissions & Records so that your SEVIS record will be properly adjusted. Attending classes without a proper status is a violation of US immigration rule. Please pay special attention to this rule.