U.S. Visas: M-2
An M-2 visa is issued to the spouse and/or minor child of an M-1 visa holder.
What are the Requirements for an M-2 Visa?
CHANGE OF STATUS IN THE U.S.:
If the applicant is presently in the United States, in valid status, VISANOW® can file an application for a change of status to M-2 with the USCIS.
M-2 APPLICATION AT A U.S. CONSULATE:
If the applicant is residing outside of the United States, the applicant will submit Form DS-156 and possibly Form DS-157 to the Consular office in the country where he/she resides. VISANOW can prepare this application on your behalf.
An interview at the local U.S. embassy is required for almost all applicants for M-2 visas. The waiting times for the interviews will vary. If the M-2 visa is approved, the embassy will issue a visa stamp in the applicant’s passport within a week of the interview. The officer may request that some applicants provide additional information.
Applicants for M-2 visas must show:
- That their spouse or parent has been granted M-2 status
- That sufficient funds are available to cover their expenses in the United States; and,
- That they intend to leave the United States upon the termination of the status of the M-2 student.
Can M-2 Visa Holders be Employed?
The M-2 visa does not permit the holder to engage in productive employment.
Can M-2 Visa Holders Attend School?
The M-2 visa does not permit the holder to attend school. In order to attend school, the individual would have to file a change of status to F-1 or M-2 with the USCIS.
An exception to the above is made for children. Children in M-2 status may attend elementary school in the U.S. up to twelfth grade without having to change status to F-1/M-2 status.
How Long is the M-2 Visa Valid?
An M-2 visa is valid for as long as the M-2 student’s visa is valid.