Only legal spouses (as recognized by U.S. Immigration law) and children under the age of 21 are eligible for F-2 Dependent status.
F-2 status is designed to allow the spouse and dependent children of an F-1 student to accompany the F-1 student to the U.S. during their educational program(s).
F-2 Dependents may NOT:
apply for employment authorization
receive stipend or assistantship funds from LSUHSC-New Orleans
"Volunteer" in positions normally occupied by paid workers
Study full time in pursuit of a degree (College/University) or certification if over 21
F-2 Dependents may:
Attend school (Ex.:K-12)
Volunteer with community organizations and non-profits in traditional volunteer positions
Study part time in pursuit of a degree (College/University) or certification if over 21
F-2 Dependent status is contingent upon the F-1 principal properly maintaining their F-1 status. If the F-1 falls out of status, all F-2 dependents associated with the principal will also be considered out of status.
For information about F-2 dependent children who will reach the age of 21 while in F-2 status, click here.
For information about immigration options for unmarried partners and other family members who do not qualify as a spouse or child for F-2 purposes, click here.
Pursuant to LSU System Policy, PM-31, F-1/F-2 status holders are NOT eligible to establish Louisiana residency in order to receive in-state tuition at LSUHSC-New Orleans.