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A-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How do you define immediate family members?

Principal applicant's spouse and unmarried sons and daughters of any age, or close relatives by blood, marriage, or adoption who are not members of some other household and who will reside regularly in the household of the principal applicant, are defined as immediate family members. The sending government should recognize the close relatives as dependents.


Can my nephew or niece come as a family member to attend school in the U.S. on A-2 visa?

No, your nephew or niece should seek to obtain the appropriate visa for the purpose of travel.


My relative has until recently been a member of another household but has come to join me, can he or she stay with me?

Yes. For example, a recently widowed, divorced, or aging parent may have closed a former household with the intention of becoming part of your household. You must be able to show that he/she is financially responsible for the new family member.

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My child is at boarding school; does he or she qualify as a member of the immediate household even though he or she is absent from the household for a large part of the year?

Yes, your son or daughter qualifies as an immediate relative, even though he or she is actually absent from the household for a large part of the year while attending a boarding school or college.


Do adopted children qualify as members of the household?

Children who are subject to a full and final adoption by the principal applicant are considered immediate family members.

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