A dependent is the husband, wife or child of an international student. The dependents of an F-1 visa holder can be in the United States on an F-2 visa. Please note these important regulations around F-2 visa status: 

- If an F-2 visa holder is present in the United States, the F-1 visa holder must be as well. An F-2 visa holder cannot be  in the United States while the F-1 visa holder is outside the country.

- F-2 visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States.  

If you have dependents on F-2 visas, and have questions about their status here, please see an advisor in the International Education Programs (IEP) Office.