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M-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply for extension of stay on M2 visa?

Yes, you may apply for extension of stay on M2 visa.


How do I extend my stay on M-2 visa?

You may extend your stay on M-2 visa by submitting Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status, to the USCIS at least 15 (but not more than 60) days before your authorized stay in the U.S. expires.


Can I work on M-2 visa?

No, you may not work on M-2 visa.

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What are the limitations of M-2 visa?

On M-2 visa, you may not:

  • As M-2 spouse you may not engage in full time study
  • As M-2 child you may only engage in full time study in an elementary or secondary school (kindergarten through twelfth grade)
  • Both M-2 spouse and child may engage in study that is vocational or recreational in nature

Are there any travel restrictions on M-2 visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on M-2 visa. You may leave the U.S. and re-enter as long as you have a valid M-2 visa. you must also have a valid endorsed I-20 from the school.


Can I apply for change of status on M-2 visa?

As M-2 child you must change status prior to your 21st birthday to remain lawfully in the U.S. You may change status to F-1 if you wish to seek admission in a University, or if you qualify, change status to a Work Visa.

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