Health Insurance is essential not just for F1 visa holders but also for F2 Visa holders (dependants of F1 visas). The Affordable care act, commonly known as Obamacare in fact makes it mandatory for everyone in the US to have health insurance. Even though the new Trump administration has removed the individual mandate, this comes into effect only on 31st December 2018. However F1 and F2 visa holder are not expected to satisfy Obamacare unless living in the US for more than Five years.
Irrespective of the individual mandate, it is too risky to not have proper health insurance given the high cost of US healthcare. It is therefore strongly recommended to have proper medical insurance coverage for the spouse or children of an F1 visa holder. The plans that we offer do not satisfy ACA requirement but are designed for F2 visa holders to help them handle high US healthcare costs, especially in emergency medical situations.
The F2 visa is issued for dependents of F1 visa international students in the USA. This can be for a spouse or for minor children. As long as the F1 visa holder remains in the USA legally the dependents with the F2 visa can also stay in the US. In other words, the F2 visa status is not valid once the principal F1 visa holder loses his or her legal visa status. The law does however allow F2 visa holders to change their status within the country.
One can enjoy the following privileges on the F-2 visa
F2 visa holders are entitled to enter the country with his/her spouse or join him/her later.
Dependents with F2 visa can travel in and out of the country or stay in the US as long as the principal applicant F1 visa holder's status remains valid.
F2 visa applicants must prove with documents that there is sufficient financial resources to meet their expenses while in the USA. Example; bank statements, affidavits of support.
A valid Form I-20 or DS-2019. Submit this form to the International Office with all required certification. The issue date on these forms needs to be after the date of marriage in order for the spouse to apply for a visa.
A marriage or birth certificate showing the relationship to the F-1 student.
Employment Regulations - F2 visa holders in the USA can not accept employment and earn income. In case the F2 visa holder wants to work in the US then he/she will have to get a work visa. With the work visa they can get a temporary approval to live and work in the US. It is illegal for foreigners to work in the USA without proper visa and will be expelled from the country.
Studying on a F2 visa - F2 spouse are not supposed to join full time university in the USA or any part time courses toward completion of degree. F2 children are allowed to participate in full-time elementary or secondary study (kindergarten through 12th grade.)