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F2 Visa Stamping Experience India – F1 holder on OPT, newly married

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F2 Visa stamping is one of the trickiest ones as many users have reported their visa stamping did not go well as planned, in fact one user got F2 stamping after 6th attempt. Anyways, one of our readers, Vishnu has taken time to share their successful F2 visa stamping experience in India.  Thanks to Vishnu for taking time to write up the experience to help community. You can share yours with community on blog by emailing us at [email protected] or sharing at User Experiences Section

F2 Visa Stamping – Applicant Background

  • Consulate, Visa, Location : Applying for F2 Visa Stamping at Chennai US Consulate, India
  • F1 Visa Holder ( Spouse) : Working on OPT, requested for STEM OPT extension until June 2021. I-20 states requested STEM OPT extension, not yet approved. The updated I-20 with STEM OPT extension requested was carried for stamping.
  • Sponsor :  F1 Holder was indicated as sponsor and had $20,000 USD in bank balance for the same.
  • F2 Spouse :  Spouse working for a startup in India in IT related job.
  • Marriage Details, Marriage Certificate, I-20 , Passport : We got married on March 10th  2019 and by the next day we registered our marriage and got the marriage certificate. By the following week, he left for us and applied for dependent i20 with the marriage certificate in his college and meanwhile I have added spouse name in my passport.  
  • DS-160, Interview Booking : Once after receiving the new passport and SEVIS ID, we started to fill and DS-160 form and booked a date for visa interview. Initially interview date was on 15th may 2019 and later we rescheduled it for 1st may 2019.

F2 Visa Stamping Documents Checklist

We have gathered for visa interview the below set of documents and carried the same for stamping.

  • DS 160 confirmation and Appointment letter
  • Passport (old and new)
  • F2 dependent I-20 with Extension applied for stem OPT
  • F1 I-20 with Extension applied for stem OPT with His Passport (Color Print)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Wedding album
  • Marriage invitation card
  • F1 Spouse EAD card
  • F1 Spouse I-975 (Application for Employment Authorization)
  • F1 Spouse Salary slips for the last six months
  • F1 Spouse Bank statements (bank in the United States) for the last six months
  • F1 Spouse Bank statements (bank in the India) and bank passbook
  • F1 Spouse Offer Letter and Employment Proof from his employer
  • F1 Spouse Travel History and Recent I-96
  • F1 Spouse SSN (Social Security Number) cOPY
  • F1 Spouse Office ID card (XEROX)
  • F1 Spouse Driving license for US Address Proof
  • F2 holder offer letter, working in India.
  • F2 holder last six months pay slip
  • F2 Holder Employment Proof Letter from current  employer

VAC Appointment for Biometrics : Completed VAC Appointment on 12th April 2019 and my Consular Appointment was on 1st May 2019.

F2 Visa Stamping Interview Questions

 (The consular officer was a young lady)

  • VO: Hello, Good Morning.
  • Me: Good Morning.
  • VO: What type of visa you are applying for ?
  • ME: F2 Dependent Visa.
  • VO: Can I have your I20?
  • ME: (gave it to her) sure.
  • VO: What is your husband currently doing in US ?
  • Me: He is in his OPT with XYZ company.
  • VO: When did he joined the company?
  • ME: July 2018
  • VO: In which university your husband is doing his masters ?
  • ME: He completed his masters from ABC university.
  • VO: When did your husband leave to the US for higher studies?
  • Me: AUG 2016
  • VO: When did your husband get graduated?
  • Me: May 1st 2018
  • VO: where does he currently stay ?
  • Me: (said the place)
  • VO: Did he shift recently to this place ?
  • Me: yes. 
  • VO: When did you guys got married?
  • Me : Mar 10th 2019
  • VO: Can I have your marriage certificate ?
  • Me:  Sure (gave it to her)
  • VO: Give me a few minutes (left the place and went inside with my marriage certificate)
  • ME: Sure
  • VO: Is it an arranged marriage or love marriage ?
  • ME: Arranged marriage
  • VO: Can I see your marriage album ?
  • ME: Sure gave her the album. 
  • VO: (Had a look at the album) How many days did he stay for marriage ?
  • ME: 2 Weeks
  • VO: When did he leave for US after marriage?
  • ME: (said)
  • VO: (Returned Album and Marriage Certificate) .
  • ME: (collected what she gave ) Thanks.
  • VO: Who will be supporting you financially there?
  • ME: My husband is earning in his OPT, that should be sufficient for us. 
  • VO: Give me a few minutes (left the place and went inside with I20)
  • ME: Sure.
  • VO: What will you be doing in the US ?
  • ME: Spend time with him and will visit some places in the US with him.
  • VO: (Returned i20 with Green slip) Configurations, your visa has been approved. 
  • ME: Thank You !!

Received passport in a week with F2 visa stamp, traveled to US soon after that in couple of weeks. Good Luck to you all !

   

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Comments ( 43 )

  1. Neha

    Hi all,
    What are the chances of approval for already approved change of status F1 to F2 but needs stamping in India while traveling back?

  2. Bhargava

    Hi,

    I have completed my Master’s and currently working on Stem OPT which is approved till Feb 2022. I recently got married and my wife has not resigned from her job and applying for F2 visa. In Feb 2020 she had appied for L1B visa which got rejected.

    Will this L1B visa rejection affect the chances of F2 visa ?

    Thanks for the help!

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Bhargava,
      Both are very different visa types, they are not related…In general F2 visa stamping is very tricky as it can be hard to prove non-immigrant intent and finances for F2 dependent…Stay positive and give it your best shot.

  3. Trina

    My husband is now in associate program in a community college
    He joined a university in 2016 after that he move into the college for earn some extra credite in 2018
    His I 20 show that it will expair in may 2021
    I applied for f2
    What is the change of getting f2 visa approval

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Trina,
      It is hard to say the approval chances for F2….In general, the F2 stamping is tough, the only way to know is you giving it a try. Make sure there are enough funds to support you on F2.

  4. Manasa

    I am Manasa,
    My F2 visa got rejected 3 times, First attempt sep 27 at Hyd, 2nd was on Oct 24 in chennai, 3rd was on Dec 19th at Hyd. My husband has his stem opt valid upto Feb 2021. Now its H1 time. Should I wait for his H1 results or shall I reapply for visa in march or april? Can I apply for visiting visa?
    Please suggest.

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Manasa,
      You may try to apply again now. The thing with H1B is that it can take time and there is risk of lottery, etc. So, you cannot be sure…You can anyways, apply for H4 once your spouse get H1B later during September. Did they give any reason for rejection ? How did the interview go ?

      1. Manasa

        Hi Kumar,
        They gave me 214B
        First time interview went quite well he asked me several questions regarding my studies and my spouse current job details, from when he was there is US, he asked when will we coming back, I said we will be coming back in jan 2021, as his visa will be expired in Feb 2021.
        Second time : It was in chennai, the visa officer did not even take a loot at my documents, not even the i20’s, she just asked when will be returning back, And where is he working currently, this time in Ds-160 we have mentioned the dates as well, so I told her the same. She asked me only 2 questions.
        3rd time : Again i reappeared in Hyd, This time it was purely my bad luck, it was the same lady visa officer who took my interview in chennai 🤦‍♀️
        I was assigned to the window where she was there. I think that was the reason for rejection third time as well

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Sorry to hear…It is very difficult in general for F2….and 214B is very common…One of our users got it after 6th attempt….You may try it again, worth a shot….

          1. Manasa

            Hi Kumar,
            If we apply multiple times will there be an issue.
            If my husband gets h1, will it effect my H4 visa?
            If he doesn’t get H1 then I am planning for masters,
            Will it effect my F1 visa?
            I am confused 😐

          2. administrator
            Kumar

            Manasa,
            It should not be an issue.
            In general, getting H4 visa is far more easier and predictable than F2, the reason is H4 is a dual intent visa. Well, it should not have impact on your F1.You should not be trying for F1 because you did not get F2, that would be tricky in interview and they can find out. You should only do it, if you really want to study.

  5. Sririds

    Hi,
    I had a f2 visa initially . I did not travel with my spouse to USA initially. Later I got an h1b and travelled to USA on my h1b. Now my h1b is expired and I am traveling back to India . I plan to return to USA now on my f2.
    F2 visa end date is a future date and I do not see any kind on “cancelled” stamp on my f2 visa .

    Can I be sure that my f2 visa is valid to travel back?
    What are the ways to be double sure that visa is still valid and we don’t face any issue at the Port of entry?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Sririds,
      You should write to the CBP officer and also to the consulate to validate the same. I am not sure, if the 5 month rule applies to the same. Ask your spouse to check with DSO on the same as well. Once you have a written confirmation from all of them, the you can travel. Just to be safe…Do update here what you find out too for community benefit.

  6. viraj christian

    Hey Kumar,
    I am on Opt now and My opt will be till end of July 2020 and I can be eligible for the stem extension but I have not filled it yet. I got married on 6 th Jan 2020 and planning to call my wife on F2. She was doing government job before but now she is on LWP so What you suggest does she show the job status that currently working or no work?
    Is it advisable to stand for the visa now or Do I need to wait till my STEM extension will be approved?

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      viraj,
      what is LWP ? She should say, what the status is….In general F2 stampings are tricky, so timing does not matter. You can try it before or after, it does not matter. You can send the STEM extension receipt, if needed. Talk to your DSO as well.

      1. viraj christian

        Thank you Kumar,
        LWP means on leave without pay form the job. but I have to wait till April for extension before then that I can not do extension so I can’t show the receipt or else but if VO will ask about the future plan so in that case can she mention that I am filling STEM extension?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          viraj,
          She can say that you are filing STEM extension as you are eligible. I am not sure, if that would be decision making point. You can either wait till April or do it now too, it is your discretion…As always, F2 stamping are more difficult in general…but, stay positive and give it your best shot.

          1. viraj christian

            Hey Kumar,
            Thank you for guiding me. Other situation come to the side that my employer is filing H1 B petition for me and I can get the legal documents of the submission after then that. so in that condition what you suggest what would be the best answer for the consulate as they will come to know that my H1 B filing had been done by my employer. she can say that whether I can get or not but I am eligible for the STEM extension so she can be there with me till y status would get expired? need suggestion on that because she already took the visa dates which will be on 26 th march. is it worth or she can wait for the decision to be came?
            Thank you,
            Viraj

  7. Pratik

    Hello Kumar,

    Hope you’re doing well!

    I am getting married on Feb 12th and am applying for spouses F2 VISA, hoping to get a date before 20th.
    I have some questions regarding filing of DS-160 and if my current scenario would have any impact on her VISA.

    1. My STEM OPT expires Jan end, 2021. Will this have a negative impact?

    2. Currently, our marital status is not married, but during the interview – I would be married. What shall I fill out in the DS 160 form? If I say “Married”, it would be incorrect information as We are not married at the time of filling this form. I am in a bit of dilemma here.
    3) Also, currently She is working but soon i will be leaving my company (her own firm) and during the interview, would be unemployed. Again, if I fill out that i am currently employed in DS 160 form, then it would be incorrect information at the time of interview. There are high chances of rejection of her visa.
    4.)In the travel companion section in ds-160, should I mark yes for travelling with someone (as I plan to get her with me to US)

    Thank You,
    PS

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Pratik,
      1. No, it wont.
      2. Ideally, you fill it out as single now and then fill out a new DS-160 after marriage with married status, so that it is fully compliant….Having said that, some have put the status as married and were able to do it, so…kind of grey area…I would go for first one with single and then married in new DS-160.
      3. Again, you can do it as working now and later change it after wedding…one more reason to go for new DS-160
      4. Yes, sure, you should, if you are planning to travel together.

  8. Abhilash

    Hi,

    Currently I am on CPT and will be completing my masters in Aug 2020. My wife is struggling to get F2 visa, she had no luck in getting Visa. For the 1st attempt VO asked only two questions like who is he and which visa are you applying for?
    In 2nd attempt I have changed consulate and VO asked many questions but he also rejected. 3rd time also rejected and interview was same like first attempt.

    Could you please suggest me what changes do I need make, earlier I mentioned her father as sponsor. And what do we need to mention reason for denial in ds 160 form.

    Thanks,
    Abhilash

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Abhilash,
      F2 visa stamping is a very tricky one, it is very hard to know what they want. In general, if you are still studying and have not completed Masters, visa officer could be questioning the funding aspect and how you can support…but, also the intent of coming back…again, very hard to know. we have some users, who got stamping on 6th or 7th attempt, check this experience of F2 …..Your wife would have been given a form that tells the reason for denial, you should mention the same.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Yes, you should put in the details of rejection as 214(b) and the title on the form given or if anything is checked as the reason on the form.

  9. Praveen

    Hello, I am Praveen, I have been consuming the content on this forum for like 3 yrs now, ever since I decided to study MS in US and have found very helpful stuff, I will be graduating on Feb, 2020 (applied for OPT) and in the process of applying F2 for my family. Have a few doubts, would be great if you could help clarify, please let me know if I should add more details,

    1) I am expecting OPT approval to happen somewhere towards Jan end or early Feb, is it ok to schedule F2 visa interview in like Jan mid or would you suggest waiting until I get the OPT approval
    2) For the question “Intended Length of stay in US”, my understanding is that it would be 3 years (OPT + STEM OPT), please correct me if I am wrong
    3) For US address, I will be at the University off campus housing until I get the EAD card, is it ok if I mention my current address as I haven’t started to look for a place near my work location

    Thanks,
    Praveen

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Praveeen,
      1. If you can, it is better to get OPT approved so that your spouse can get visa till end of OPT expiry.
      2. Yes, as long as you have STEM OPT expiration end date
      3. It does not matter..yes, you may put in address where you live…

  10. Manasa

    Hi,

    I have given my f2 interview twice and it got rejected.
    First time it was on Sep27 at hyd
    Second was on oct 25th chennai.
    My husband is in stem OPT right now and it is valid till Feb 2021.
    I am planning to reapply again in dec or nov end.
    Can anyone please suggest me what to do

    1. administrator
      Kumar

      Manasa,
      Unfortunately, F2 stamping in general is very tricky and many had rejections for no reason…All you can do is carry all documentation and see, what was asked in first and second times and see, if you can answer anything different. Wish there was a better answer from my side…

      1. Christianah

        Hi, got F2 rejected dec 2019 and was given 214b. Have reapply going for interview March 27th 2020. My husband is on opt and will expire by july 2020. Will the time duration affect the visa?. Also I will be going with my 3kids and we are planning to spend two weeks with him to celebrate Easter and come back to resume in the office and my children back to school.

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          Well, it is hard to say….F2 stampings are very hard…Even harder with 3 kids as the Visa officer may think of that as burden for someone on OPT. If you have already booked it, go for it. Stay positive…

      2. Manasa

        Well they asked me, what would he do after his Opt,
        I replied that we will be coming back to india.
        Next question was does he have a job offer in india?
        I said no, he will come and search for a job.
        Second it was the same question,
        I reframed it by saying that he will be working for the same employer at offshore.
        How can better answer this?

        1. administrator
          Kumar

          I have not come across many cases applying for F1 stamping on OPT…They usually give F1 visa it for 5 years, so many do not go through the need of it…

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