F-1 to F-2 Change of Nonimmigrant Status
Contact the International Office as soon as you know you must obtain F-2 status in order to discuss your options.
- Obtain a dependent I-20.
The primary F-1 status holder--your spouse or parent currently studying in F-1 status--must request a dependent I-20 for you through the International Office.
- Review your options for obtaining a new status. Decide which option to use: "Travel and Reentry" or "Change Status in the U.S."
- Prepare the required documents and follow next steps for obtaining F-2 status (details below).
Option 1: Travel and Reentry
Review the International Office Visas page.
Option 2: Change of Status in the U.S.
Submit your application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by mail.
Mail the following documents to the USCIS Lockbox.
- Form I-539
- $370 fee: check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
- You may also pay the filing fee with a credit card by completing form G-1450 and place the form on top of your application when filing.
- Original I-94 card or photocopy of admission stamp and paper printout of I-94 record
- Photocopy of the visa page and identification page in your passport
- Photocopy of the I-20 listing you as the dependent of the F-1
- Photocopy of your previous F-1 I-20.
- Photocopies of your spouse's I-20 and I-94 card (front and back)
- Evidence that your F-1 spouse is maintaining status (for example, a copy of his or her transcript and current enrollment verification)
- Photocopy of proof of family relationship to the F-1 (for example, marriage certificate) in English
- Evidence of financial support (F-2 dependents are not permitted to work in the U.S.)
- Detailed letter requesting and explaining the need to change status