Beginning May 29, 2015, an F-2 dependent may study part-time in any certified program at an SEVP-certified school. Previously, an adult dependent who studied in an academic or vocational curriculum (English as a second language or a graduate level course, for example) might have been noncompliant with the conditions of nonimmigrant status. Now, an F-2 dependent may engage in a course of study that does not amount to what regulations define as full-time for an F-1 student. An F-2 dependent is a spouse or minor child of the F-1 student who meets all of the following conditions:
·Has been issued a Form I-20, “Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”
·Has an F-2 visa
·Has been admitted to the United States in F-2 status or applied for and been granted a change of status to F-2 in the United States by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
An F-2 dependent who engages in post-secondary part-time study must attend an SEVP-certified school, and the program of study must be in the school’s SEVP certification. Online classes alone will always be less than a full course of study for F-1 students, and so are permissible for an F-2 dependent at the postsecondary level. An F-2 dependent may enroll in a combination of online and in-person classes that is less than a full course of study as defined by regulations governing F-1 students.
For additional information please contact the IPO.
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