F-2 visa interview questions were collected from a few friends, and was created by searching various websites and forums on the Internet. The F-2 visa is a visa that allows dependents of F-1 student visa holders to immigrate to the United States and pursue a degree program at an accredited U.S. college or graduate school while living with the F-1 student.
F-2 Visa Eligibility
To be eligible for the F-2 visa, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Approved his/her F-1 visa alien
- Financially Ability to fund your Stay in the U.S.
- F-2 Visa eligibility is generally based on the F-1 visa holder’s Status.
Each dependent must complete a visa application or her DS-160 and pay an application fee of $160. You will then need to arrange an interview with the US consulate or Embassy. F-2 visa applicants must bring sufficient proof of identity and relationship to the F-1 international student.
You must bring all of the following documents with you when you go for your F-2 visa interview:
1. Original and copy of valid passport
2. Form DS-160
3. Passport photo for children on F-1 visa
4. Marriage certificate if spouse of F-1 visa holder
5. visa Application Payment Receipt
6. Form I-20
7. F-1 Copy of Student I-20 Form
8. Bank Statements and Pay Stubs for Tax Records
1. Get your I-20 Form from Accredited Schools.
The DSO is usually responsible for issuing the I-20 form to you and your dependents at an accredited college or institution. You may need to notify her DSO of your intention to bring a spouse and/or minor children on an F-2 nonimmigrant visa. This will give you and your dependents a separate Form I-20 to complete.
2. Complete the Online Form DS-160
After you receive your Form I-20, the next step is to complete Form DS-160 (Nonimmigrant Visa Application). Please note that you will not be able to complete Form DS-160 without a Form I-20 from an SEVP accredited school. Form DS-160 can only be completed online and submitted to the US Consular Electronic Application Center, Department of Foreign Affairs (DOS).
After completing and submitting this application form, you will be presented with a confirmation page that will generate a unique barcode for your application. Print this barcode and bring it with you when you book your visa interview. The information you provide on your visa application form will be used to process it.
3. Paying the Visa Application Fee
Each dependent applying for a F-2 visa must pay an application fee of $160. Depending on your home country, you may also need to pay a visa issuance fee. Once you have made the applicable payment, please keep your receipt. You will need these later for your interview at the US Consulate or Embassy.
4. Appointment for a Visa Interview
Once you have completed your visa application and paid the fee, the next step is to make an appointment for a visa interview at the US Embassy or Consulate in your country of residence. Visa interviews are usually on a first-come, first-served basis and can be scheduled months in advance
Therefore, it is important to book early. A confirmation email will be sent to you once the interview is scheduled. You must print this interview appointment confirmation and present it to the officer when you arrive for your visa interview.
5. Gather All Important Documents
You can refer to the list of recommended documents above to see what you should provide during your interview. Organize receipts and paperwork and group them for you, your spouse, or your children. Failure to bring the required documentation may result in unnecessary delays or, in the worst case, rejection of your application.
6. Go to Your Interview
We recommend that you show up early for your interview. Have all documents ready, including proof of financial status. When you present them to the interviewer, the interviewer will ask about your intention to study in the United States with your spouse and children.
How Long Does it Take to Process an F-2 Visa?
Processing times for F-2 visa applications generally vary. However, in many cases, she can expect a formal decision a week or two after the interview. Do not plan your trip until you have received an official decision from the embassy or consulate.
Benefits for F-2 Visa Holders
F-2 visa holders may legally enter and remain in the United States as long as their F-1 student status is valid. To maintain status, F-1 students must be enrolled in and remain in a full-time college program in the United States.
He or she must report the change of address to her DSO and may be unable to work the first grade. After the first year, F-1 students may seek permission to work in on-campus jobs, but are limited to 20 hours per week during semesters and 40 hours per week during vacations.
F-2 visa holders may reside in the United States with F-1 visa holders. However, they are generally not allowed to work. Spouses of F-1 visa holders can attend school part-time. Additionally, an F-2 school-age dependent must attend her K-12 school while in the United States.
After the extension, you will still need to submit proof of your family’s financial status and an application to extend your F-2 Dependent visa. You must submit Form I-539 to prove you have sufficient funds to obtain an extension and renew your F-2 dependent visa.
F2 Visa Questions Asked During Interview at United States (United States) Embassy or Consulate
I have heard from friends that in general the F2 visa interview process is not difficult and you will not be asked many questions by F2 visa applicants. So these questions are for proper preparation and building confidence.
Please leave a comment if the question is not clear or if you would like to suggest an answer to the question. I will do my best to make suggestions.
Q. What is your name?
Q. What visa are you applying for?
Q. What is your spouse’s name?
Q. What is your spouse doing in America? Could you show me your spouse’s passport/visa/I-20?
Q. When are you planning to go to the US?
Q. When did you finish?
Q. Is this an arranged marriage? How did you meet Did you know your partner before marriage?
Q. Do you have a wedding album/photo?
Q. May I see your marriage certificate?
Q. Did you bring your invitation?
Q. Why didn’t you go with your spouse?
Spouse’s Academic/Work/Financial Questions:
Q. What is your spouse’s major? What is his/her field of study? What is his/her research topic?
Q. When is your spouse scheduled to graduate? what stage is he in now?
Q What will your spouse do after graduation?
Q. Where did your spouse work in India or the United States?
Q. Why did your spouse quit his job?
Q. (If spouse wants to go back to India) Why does your spouse not want to work in the US? Won’t he/she work there? He/she can continue his studies/work there; why does she/he want to go back to India?
Q What did your spouse learn in India? Where in India (at which school/university) did your spouse complete his Bachelor’s/Degree?
Q. How do you raise the funds? Will your husband cover your expenses there?
Q. Do you have financial statements? Did you bring your spouse’s bank statement or other supporting documents?
Questions About Your Studies or Work:
Q. what do you study? Have you finished your studies? Are you done yet?
Q. Do you have any plans to study in the United States? If you answer “no”, the visa office may ask:
Would you like to work there (you cannot work with an F2 visa)
Q. Have you ever worked in India?
Q. Why? They have a good education and can get good jobs.
Q. How do you spend your time there?
Questions about your parents/brothers-in-law and Relatives:
Q. What are your in-laws doing in India?
Q: If your parents-in-law are entrepreneurs, what kind of business do they do? ) lives in the United States, so can the visa section ask who manages the business?
Q. Does your spouse have siblings in the United States? What is your occupation? Where in the United States do you live/work?
Q: Do you have a green card? What kind of visa do you have? If married, what does your spouse do?
Q: Do you want to go to India?
Q. Do you have any relatives in America?
Q. Do you have brothers/sisters? What is your occupation? Are you planning to go to America?
Q. What are your parents doing?