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F-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I bring my dependents on F-1 visa?

Yes, you may bring your spouse or unmarried children under the age 21 on F-2 dependent visa.


Can my dependents work on F-2 visa?

No, your dependents may not work on F-2 status. They have to apply for the appropriate work visa.

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Can my dependents study on F-2 visa?

Yes, your dependents may study on F-2 visa. They do not have to apply for separate study visa.


Under what circumstances could I 'fall out of status'?

The F-1 visa regulations require you to 'maintain status.' You may fall out of status if you:

  • Fail to maintain full-time enrollment (with a few approved exceptions)
  • Work illegally, either off-campus without authorization or on-campus more than 20 hours per week during school or more than 40 hours per week when school is not in session
  • Fail to request a program extension and continue to study past the degree completion date listed in your Form I-20A-B
  • Transfer schools without following the appropriate procedure (getting a new Form I-20A-B and having it processed by an International Student Adviser at the new school)
  • Do not attend the school that the USCIS authorized you to attend
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