F-1 students with an active SEVIS record may request an F-2 I-20 so that a spouse or unmarried minor (under age 21) dependent can obtain an F-2 visa. Financial evidence to cover the living expenses for each F-2 dependent is required.
To qualify for F-2 status, a spouse or unmarried, minor (under age 21) child must establish to the satisfaction of the consular officer and the immigration officer at the port of entry that:
Enrolled students must show financial evidence for the cost of attendance plus $5,400 for a spouse and/or $3,600 per child.
Students on approved OPT or STEM-OPT must show financial evidence for at least $16,546 plus $5,400 for a spouse and/or $3,600 per child.
Financial documentation older than 3 months will not be accepted.