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M-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


How can I change to F-1 student status from M-2 status?

When applying for a change of status to F-1, the documents required are:

  • Form I-20A-B, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status for Academic and Language Students
  • Completed Form I-539, Application to Extend or Change Nonimmigrant Status
  • Proof of financial support
  • Copy of I-94, Arrival-Departure document, (front and back)
  • Copy of I-94, Arrival-Departure document, (front and back) of parent
  • Copy of Visa and Passport
  • Copy of Certificates of Eligibility (Form I-20M-N, Form I-797) for M-2 child and parent

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How do I apply for M-2 visa?

While applying, the M-2 visa documents required are:

  • Completed Form DS-160, Nonimmigrant Visa Application. Form DS-160 must be completed online through the Department of state website.
  • Passport valid for travel to the U.S. with a validity date of at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the U.S.
  • Documents establishing:
    • Proof of your relationship with the principal M-1 visa applicant, which could include original marriage certificates, birth certificates, and photographs
    • Form I-20 M-N issued to you.
    • Status of the principal M-1 applicant in the U.S., which could include documents such as photocopies of passports and U.S. visas, and Form I-20M-N, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant M-1 student status
    • Proof of sufficient funds to support your stay in the U.S., to establish that you are not likely at any time to become a public charge
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