Application to Change Dependents
to F-2 Status
The following information is only for Boston University
F-1 students whose dependents wish to change to F-2
status. If you wish to change to F-2 status based
on the F-1 status of a spouse or parent who is at
another U.S. school, you should contact the international
student advisor at that school for assistance.)
If your dependents are already
in the U.S. in another valid nonimmigrant status and
wish to change to F-2 status, please follow these steps:
your ISSO advisor to discuss your situation and arrange an
- Arrange to request a new
I-20 for each dependent,, if you have not already done so.
- Prepare and bring the following items to your appointment:
- Personal Check or Money Order for $290.00,
payable to "Department of Homeland Security."
- USCIS Form I-539.
Download the form from the USCIS web stie.
- Dependent I-20 (will be issued by your
ISSO advisor, refer to step 2 above)
- Personal Letter to the USCIS - Please
have your spouse write a short letter explaining the circumstances
and reasons for requesting the change to F-2 status. If only
your children are changing status, you may write a letter
for them. Email
a copy to the ISSO advisor who is meeting with you so
it can be reviewed before your appointment.
- Marriage Certificate (if applicable) -
Must include an official translation if not already in English.
- Birth Certificate for each minor child
(if applicable) - Must include an official translation if
not already in English.
- Financial Documents - Bring all original
financial documentation that you provided to add your dependents
to your I-20 if the originals are not already in your file
at the ISSO.
- Proof of Your Current Student Status -
Obtain a transcript of all course work completed and certification
of your full-time enrollment for the current semester (or
for the next semester if currently between semesters of study)
from the University Registrar.
- Your current I-20 and any previous I-20s
- Passports and I-94 Cards for you and each
of your dependents (do not bring copies).
You may be advised during your
appointment to obtain additional documentation that
will help your specific case before mailing the application
to the USCIS. Mailing instructions will be provided
at the time of your appointment.
Processing times vary, and it
may be several months before a decision is made on
the application. While the application is pending,
your dependents may remain in the U.S. If they leave
the U.S. before the application is approved, the
application will become invalid. Please contact
your ISSO advisor immediately if your dependents must
leave the U.S. before their application for F-2 status