F-2 Dependents (spouse and/or children)

Defined as a spouse or an unmarried minor child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student. F-1 dependents: 

  • May enter the U.S. with/after the F-1 student, but never before 

  • Cannot be employed 

  • Must have Form I-20 each time they travel outside the U.S.  

  • Cannot be admitted as a full-time degree-seeking student (exception: elementary, middle, or high school students) 

  • Must leave if the F-1 student has been outside the U.S. for more than 5 months. 

Inviting an F-2 Dependent 
You may invite your spouse or unmarried children to join you at Minnesota State Mankato. You are required to show sufficient financial resources and proof of adequate insurance. 

  • Complete the Request for Dependents/Responsibility Form 

  • Provide evidence of financial support (bank statement, sponsor letter, etc.)  

  • $6,500 for first dependent

  • $4,000 for each additional dependent

  • Passport copy for each dependent 

The Kearney Center will prepare an F-2 dependent I-20. The dependent(s) will use the F-2 dependent I-20 to apply for an F-2 dependent visa at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Check with the Department of State website for more details.