To qualify for dependent status, your spouse and children (under age 21) must establish during the visa interview that
- He/She is the spouse or child of the F-1 principal. This is done by supplying a marriage license and birth certificates.
- He/She has sufficient funds to cover expenses while present in the United States.
- He/She intends to leave the United States upon termination of the principle F-1
- If the dependents are following the student – you will need to show that the “F-1 student is, or will be within 30 days, enrolled in a full course of study or engaged in approved practical training."