An international degree-seeking (F-1) student may be accompanied to the U.S. by his or her dependent(s) at any time. Dependents are defined as a spouse and/or unmarried minor children. Children over the age of 21 are not eligible to enter the country as the dependent of an F-1 student. Dependents may apply for their F-2 visa at the same time the student applies for an F-1 visa, or they may apply for their F-2 visa at a later date. If the dependent is granted the visa, they may enter the United States with the student or at a later date.
If you wish to bring a dependent to the U.S. please contact the ISS Coordinator to learn more about the requirements for requesting a dependent I-20. Before we can issue a dependent I-20, you will need to demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your dependents for the duration of your time at UWRF. The University of Wisconsin-River Falls requires an additional $5,000-$7,000 for a spouse and $6,000-$7,000 for each child annually. The U.S. government necessitates that all international students and their dependents present proof of financial resources to ensure they do not become a public charge.
For additional information review the Dependent Handbook. Topics covered include: Bringing a Dependent to the U.S.; Adapting to Life in the U.S.; Child Care; Enrolling Children in School; Legal Issues for International Families with Children; and Quick Links.