Bringing your family to the US
There are many things to consider when bringing your family with you to the US. Below is some helpful information which we hope will clarify the process and provide useful advice about making a successful transition to the area.
Applying for Visas for Dependents
International students and scholars in the U.S. with F-1 or J-1 status may apply for their spouse and/or children to accompany them to the U.S. at any time during or after the student’s initial entry to the U.S. Children must be under the age of 21 in order to be eligible for an F-2 or J-2 visa. To apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa for a spouse and/or child(ren), the student visa holder (F-1 or J-1) must first fill out the F-2 and J-2 Dependent I-20/DS-2019 Request Form. To complete the application, SNHU's International Student Services office will need to issue an I-20 or DS-2019 form for each dependent. To do this, the ISS office will need to have copies of the following documents emailed (email@example.com) or faxed (603.645.9603) to us:
- Proof of marriage for a spouse
- Proof of birth date and birthplace of spouse, if not on marriage certificate
- Proof of birth for a child
- Copy of passport information page or national identification document for each dependent
- Proof of financial support for yourself, plus an additional $750 per month for your first dependent and $500 per month each for any additional dependents. The financial support evidence should be within the last 6 months.
Dependents should bring the original documentation with them to the U.S. Embassy/Consulate when applying for the F-2 or J-2 visa. Upon arrival in the U.S., the International Student Services office will also need to see the original documentation.
Healthcare for Dependents
In the U.S., individuals must pay for healthcare treatment or have health insurance which covers many of these costs. Students who have F-2 dependents living with them in the U.S. are strongly encouraged to have health insurance for their dependents. Students with J-2 dependents must purchase health insurance for their dependents as this is required by law.
As healthcare treatment in the U.S. is considered expensive, make sure to research healthcare options and purchase appropriate coverage for your dependents as soon as possible. SNHU’s international student insurance plan offers you the ability to cover dependents under the same policy at an extra cost. In order to enroll your dependents in the SNHU plan, complete and submit the Dependent Enrollment Form.
Family Guide for International Students and Scholars
Our International Student Family Guide provides a variety of information about relocating to the Manchester area. Along with recommendations on finding off-campus housing, we also include information about the area, schools, medical care in the U.S., driving, weather, travel and ways for your family to connect with the community.