The official website says that "F and J nonimmigrants" are eligible for Automatic Revalidation provided certain conditions are met. It does not specify whether people on an F2 visa are eligible. But one eligibility requirement is this:

The underlying authorization for the current status continues to be valid for the Form I-129 for non-immigrant workers and Form I-20 for students in F status.

Since F2 people don't have I-20, does it mean that they are not eligible for Automatic Revalidation? Is it explicitly stated somewhere?

  • "Since F2 people don't have I-20" I thought they usually do. – user102008 Jul 16 '19 at 16:00
  • I thought only F1 students do, but I've never dealt with F2 and I must be mistaken. – user77409 Jul 16 '19 at 17:13

F-2 nonimmigrants are a subclass of F nonimmigrants, so they are indeed eligible for automatic revalidation because they are included in the statement about "F and J nonimmigrants." Of course, the other conditions also must be met. For an F-2 nonimmigrant, the I-20 of the principal F-1 student from whom the F-2 derives his or her status must be valid, and the F-1 student must not have violated status otherwise.

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