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Requesting a I-20/DS-2019

Your spouse and children under age 21 are eligible to accompany you to the United States with a dependent visa (F-2 or J-2). If you intend to travel to the United States with your family, or plan to have them join you soon after your arrival, it is important that you request a dependent I-20 or DS-2019 document for each of your eligible dependents. Dependents are not required to pay the SEVIS fee. For more information, contact the University of Minnesota office responsible for your visa documents.

If you are an F-1 student and have a I-20, contact the following:

  • Undergraduate Students:
  • Graduate Students:
  • Professional Degree Students: Your college's admissions office

If you are a J-1 student and have a DS-2019, contact the following:

  • Issued by the UMN:
  • Issued by a different J-1 program (for example, Fulbright): Your placement office

The additional costs of dependents are listed on the Financial Certification Statement that accompanied your admission application.

Health Insurance for Dependents

You are required to purchase the University of Minnesota Health Insurance for your dependents. To find the specific rates for health insurance, visit Boynton Health service.

Work and Study Regulations for Dependents

Dependents on F-2 visas are not, under any circumstances, allowed to earn income in the United States. F-2 visa holders are also not allowed to be a full-time student at a University or other post-secondary institution in the U.S. Dependents on J-2 visas may be authorized to work in the United States by the Immigration Service. Applications for a J-2 Work Permit are available at ISSS. J-2 dependents are also allowed to be students.

More information regarding the work or study eligibility for your dependents, please see our information about F-2 dependents and J-2 dependents.