International Student Services
F-1 to F-2 - Change of Nonimmigrant Status
Contact International Student Services (ISS) as soon as you know you must obtain F-2 status in order to discuss your options.
Obtain a dependent I-20.
The primary F-1 status holder–your spouse or parent currently studying in F-1 status–must request a dependent I-20 for you through their international student office.
- Review your options for obtaining a new status. Decide which option to use: "Travel and Reentry" or "Change Status in the U.S."
- Prepare the required documents and follow next steps for obtaining F-2 status (details below).
Option 1: Travel and Reentry
Review the ISS Visas page.
Option 2: Change of Status in the U.S.
Submit your application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) by mail.
(The online USCIS ELIS application option is no longer available).
Mail the following documents to the USCIS Lockbox.