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.
International students and scholars in the US with F-1 or J-1 status, may apply for their spouse and/or children to accompany them to the US or join them at a later time. In order to complete the application for a spouse and/or children's F-2 or J-2 visa, 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or faxed (603) 645-9603 to us:
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 US, the International Student Services office will also need to see the original documentation.
In the US, individuals must pay for health care treatment or have health insurance which covers many of these costs. Students who have F-2 dependents living with them in the US, are strongly encouraged to have health insurance. Students with J-2 dependents must purchase health insurance as this is required by law.
As health care treatment in the US is considered very expensive, please make sure to research health care options and purchase appropriate coverage for your dependents as soon as possible. Along with researching US health insurance providers, you may also want to look into health insurance providers in your home country who will provide coverage in the US.
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 local area, schools, and ways for your family to connect with the local community.