Global Services is the place to start for assistance with forms and processing when you are bringing a spouse and/or dependents with you to WSU. We welcome you and your family to the WSU community!
If you are an F-1 or J-1 student or scholar and your Program Sponsor is not WSU, please contact your Program Sponsor directly regarding bringing dependents.
Your spouse or unmarried child(ren) under 21 may accompany you under F-2, J-2 or H-4 dependent status while you pursue a program of study, research or teaching in the U.S.
Non-immediate family members must enter in their own non-immigrant status, most commonly as B-2 visitors. They may also come later, entering the US by themselves.
Procedures (J-2/F-2 Requests)
Submit the following documents to Global Services in Bryan 108:
Once Global Services adds your dependent(s) to your SEVIS record, a new I-20/DS-2019 is issued to you and each of your accompanying dependent.
Provide your dependent(s) with the following documents for visa application.
Your dependent(s) should contact their local U.S. Embassy/Consular Office at http://usembassy.state.gov/ and follow the procedures for F-2/J-2 visa application.
When your dependent(s) arrives in Pullman, have them check in at Global Services and provide a copy of each dependent’s immigration documents and proof of insurance for J-2 dependents.
Family Visiting in B-2
If you would like to invite your parents or other immediate family members for a short visit in the U.S. Global Services can write a support letter for their B-2 visa application.
Your family member(s) should also contact their local U.S. Embassy/Consular Office at http://usembassy.state.gov/ and follow the procedures for B-2 visa application
Whether you decide to bring your family members with you at the time of your initial entry or at a later time, you are required to show evidence for each dependent of adequate financial support.
J-2 dependents are required by law to purchase and maintain adequate health insurance coverage. Global Services strongly encourages F-2s and H-4s to obtain health insurance as well.
The additional amount of financial support you must show for each F-2 and J-2 dependent is shown at the bottom of the linked worksheet below (H-4 Excluded). See H-4 FAQ):Estimate of Expenses
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- Current F-1 Students
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- J-2 Dependents
- H-4 Dependents
- Pullman School District
- Community Resources
- J-2 Work Permission