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M-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is M-2 visa?

The M-2 nonimmigrant visa allows the dependent spouse and children under 21 years old of a qualified M-1 student visa holder to enter the U.S.


How do I qualify for M-2 visa?

To qualify for M-2 visa, you must:

  • Prove your intention to enter the U.S. temporarily
  • Prove that you are the dependent spouse or child under 21 years of the M-1 applicant

What privileges do I enjoy on M-2 visa?

On M-2 visa, you may:

  • Study in an elementary or secondary school fulltime, if you are an M-2 child
  • Study in a vocational or recreational school
  • Travel in and out of the U.S.

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What are the limitations of M-2 visa?

On M-2 visa, you may not:

  • Seek admission in a University if you are an M-2 child or spouse
  • Accept employment

How long can I stay in the U.S. on M-2 visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on M-2 visa as long as the principal M-1 applicant is in status. This may be for one year or for the period necessary for the principal M-1 applicant to complete the course of study upto a maximum of 3 years plus 30 days thereafter to depart, whichever is less.

Note: The 30 days to prepare for departure is permitted as long as you maintain status.

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