International students may have dependent(s) living with them during their study in the US. Dependents are defined as spouses and/or unmarried minor children. Children over the age of 21 are not eligible to enter as the dependent of an international student (F-1 or J-1 student). An international student’s dependents may apply for their F-2 or J2 visas at the same time that the international student applies for an F-1 or J-1 visa, or they may apply for their F-2 or J-2 visas at a later date. If they are granted the visa, they may enter the United States when the international student does, or they may enter the U.S. at a later date.
If you wish to bring a dependent to the U.S. please contact OISS to learn what information you need to submit to request a dependent I-20 or DS-2019. It is important to determine whether you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependents. IUK requires additional proof of funds to support a spouse and/or each child in order to prepare the dependent I-20 or DS-2019(s). The U.S. government necessitates that all international students and their dependents present proof of financial resources to ensure they do not become a public charge. Please do research before making your decision as the cost for a dependent, especially child care, can be extremely expensive in the US.
- If your family members are abroad and you want them to join you in the US, please complete the dependent e-form and submit it with the required documents listed on the form.