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New Student Intake Forms: Dependent Information

If you plan to bring your spouse and/or children with you to Rochester, you must include their biographical information and upload a copy of their passport to the New Student Intake Forms (NSIF). You will be prompted to provide their name, date of birth, citizenship and residency details, and any current US immigration status. The system requires a separate submission of dependent details for each family member.  You will also be required to show $7000 in additional financial support for each dependent. If you have a spouse and 2 children joining you in Rochester, you will need to submit the Dependent Information form 3 times and document an additional $21000 in available financial support. 

F-2 and J-2 dependents each receive their own Certificate of Eligibility (I-20 or DS-2019) when your student document is issued. When applying for their visa, they will also need to have documented proof of the dependent relationship, such as the marriage or birth certificate. Extended family members, other than your spouse and children, are not eligible for F-2 or J-2 dependent status. If you have questions about dependent eligibility, please contact ISO at

Dependent documents can also be requested after your arrival, if your family members plan to join you later. Some students postpone requesting dependent documents until after they have arrived, assuming that their visa interview will be more successful if it appears as though their families will not be joining them. However, this is not a consideration for the consular officers and will NOT improve your ability to show that you intend to return home.


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