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Dependent Family Members

The spouse or child (under 21 years of age) of an F-1 student or J-1 exchange visitor may be eligible for F-2/J-2 immigration status  if sufficient funding is demonstrated.  

Requesting a Form I-20/Form DS-2019 for your dependent family member(s)



Your dependent request should be part of your initial Request for Form I-20/Form DS-2019 » You will need to submit copies of their passport(s) along with additional funding, which will depend on the number of depedents you have.  This information will be indicated once you begin the Request for Form I-20/Form DS-2019. 


Email your request to with a copy of your dependent’s passport identification page(s) and evidence of funding equal to one year of support for you and your dependent(s)

  • Your expenses are tied to your academic program (if you do not know what the current annual expenses are for your academic program, email
  • Your dependent's expenses should be calculated based on: $1600 per month for your first dependent family member and $485 per month for each additional dependent family member. 


Your dependent request will be part of your Request for Form DS-2019 »

CONTINUING SCHOLARS:  Email your request to with a copy of your dependent’s passport identification page(s) and evidence of funding for you and your dependent's stay in the U.S. 

  • Your expenses are listed on your current Form DS-2019
  • Your dependent's expenses should be calculated based on: $1600 per month for your first dependent family member and $485 per month for each additional dependent family member.

Options for Dependents to Work or Study in the U.S.

  • F-2 Dependent Spouse: as of May 29, 2015, spouses may study part-time in a program of academic study, but are not permitted to engage in employment in the U.S.

  • F-2 Dependent Child: may only engage in full-time studies at the K-12 level in the U.S. and are not permitted to engage in employment in the U.S.

  • J-2 Dependent Spouse and Child: permitted to engage in part-time or full-time studies in the U.S. and may apply for employment authorization from USCIS.

Health Insurance for Dependents

Dependents are not included in Babson's health insurance plan so you will need to find health coverage for them while they are in the U.S. It can be expensive but not something you want to go without. View more information on the Babson Health Insurance Requirements page (very bottom of the page) using University Health Plans.

Note: Due to a new public charge rule, using certain public benefits, such as MassHealth may impact your eligibility for future immigrant statuses (i.e. permanent residency, some employment visas) so it is something to be aware of as you review options.