Recently, a member pointed out a surge in queries related to student visas (F1 visa) and asked us to create a separate forum for F1/F2 visa related issues. Thank you so much for the suggestion.
F1 visa - F2 visa
Are you planning to apply for a student visa in the U.S. ? Do you have questions related to your student visa application process ? Do you want to bring your spouse and children on the F2 visa? Many feel that it is tough to bring a dependant on the F2 visa, primarily due to insifficient funds. Others talk about multiple rejections. Still others say it's a piece of cake. Which side of the boat are you currently hanging?
Getting married on the F1 visa
The general trend is for people to come to the U.S. for studies (on F1 visa) and then getting married midways. If you have enough funds to support your spouse's stay you will manage to get the F2 visa. Otherwise couples stay apart for the remaining part of the study period.That can be a very fruestrating experience for a newly married couple. Until the F1 visa holder converts his visa to another visa, say a work visa, like H1B visa, he finds it difficult to get his spouse on the F2 visa.
There is no need to blame the authorities and the entire process is quite subjective. If they need more documents, provide them more documents. If they need more proof of funds, provide ample funds or find a sponsor. That way the authorities are convinced that the couple has sufficient financial support in the U.S. While there is no definition of 'sufficient funds' or a dollar amount to that, it is usually better to show as much funds as possible on your bank statements.
This is just one example. There are a million other issues related to the F1 visa!
While we always tell readers to be cool and paitent with the process, there are questions that remain unanswered. Use this forum to ask questions related to F1 visa application process, getting I -20, F1 visa interview process, fingerprinting, documentation, administrative processing so on and so forth.
The last word
Remember nobody is a lawyer here and people try to help each other out based on their own experience and learnings.