May 7, 2015 | Atlanta, GA
The Department of Homeland Security has recently announced that visa holders in F-2 status may engage in part-time study at SEVP-certified school. This means that spouses and children of nonimmigrant F-1 students will have the opportunity to study part-time at Georgia Tech and other SEVP-certified schools if accepted using standard criteria. This part-time study may go toward the earning of a degree.
While F-2 dependents will now have the opportunity to study part-time, they are still not eligible to apply for work authorization. In addition, they would be required to switch to F-1 if they would like to study full-time (12 credit hours).
More information about this ruling from the Department of Homeland Security can be found on the Federal Register.