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R-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I extend my stay on R2 visa?

Yes, you may use Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker extension, to apply for extension of stay. Extension may be authorized for a period of up to two years. Your total period of stay may not exceed five years.


Can I study on R-2 dependent visa?

Yes, you may engage in full time study on R-2 visa.


Are there any travel restrictions on R-2 visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on R-2 visa. You may travel freely in and out of the U.S. during the validity of your R-2 visa.

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What are the documents required for R-2 visa?

In addition to all documents required for R-1 visa, you will require:

  • Your marriage registration certificate, and an original birth certificate for each child
  • Other evidence of a marital relationship, such as wedding ceremony photos. Please submit no more than 30 and please do not submit entire albums
  • A good quality photocopy or the original of your spouse's passport - all 36 pages. The copy of the passport submitted should be a clear copy and the photo must be clearly identifiable
  • Documents showing arrangements for financial support for the entire family
  • The copy of the contract between the employer and the employee in the U.S.

Can I apply for Green Card while on R-2 status?

Yes, you may apply for Green Card while on R-2 status. To adjust status you must file:

  • Form I-360, Application for Special Immigrant and obtain approval
  • Form I-485, Application for Adjustment of Status when priority date for Form I-360 is current
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