Spouse and child(ren) under the age of 21 of the F-1 or J-1 visa holder are considered dependents.
Dependents of F-1 or J-1 visa holders who wish to enter the United States on an F-2 or J-2 visa to be with the primary visa holder, may apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa. Those looking to come to the United States for a short period of time (three months or less) are advised to apply for a B-2 (tourist visa) instead.
It is important that you talk with your family to plan and prepare for your arrival. Please reach out to an ISSS advisor with any questions.
Students: Get F-2/ J-2 DocumentsGet Required Documents
Students: Get F-2/ J-2 Documents
To apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa to enter the United States or to apply for a change of status, dependents of international students must obtain obtain an I-20 (for F-2 visa) or DS-2019 (for J-2 visa)...
Scholars/Researchers: Get J-2 DocumentsRequest Documents
Scholars/Researchers: Get J-2 Documents
Dependents of international scholars or research students must obtain a DS-2019 to apply for a J-2 visa for entry into the United States or apply for a change of status.
Maintaining Visa StatusLearn More
Maintaining Visa Status
F-2 and J-2 visa regulations can be complex, but we are here to help you understand what is required to maintain your dependent visa status.
Dependent ResourcesLearn More
Coming to a new country can be exciting and, at times, challenging. We provide you and your family with resources to make sure that you are supported during your time at the university.
Parent and Family OrientationLearn More
Parent and Family Orientation
We understand that you might have many questions regarding your student’s stay at Rutgers, so we aim to provide you with information and resources that will help guide you.