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    Question Travel on expired F2 visa

    Hello Guys,
    I graduated on Aug '14 and waiting for my OPT card. I worked for six months on CPT and same company is offering me full time once I have OPT card. I tried expedite process but no luck. So, I am just waiting it out. But my questions is regarding F2 visa for my wife. We got married back in May '14 and applied for her F2 visa in June with plans to travel in July. At that time my CPT work authorization on I-20 was my graduation date which was Aug '14. She got her visa approved with validity till 08/08. Since my OPT was not approved we postponed her travel.

    Below are my questions: Pls advice on which is the best option.
    [LIST=1][*]1) Is new visa required before travel? [*][/LIST]

    If not, I have three option below, pls advice, which is better option?
    [LIST=1][*]1. Can my wife travel alone to US while my OPT is still under review? [*]2. If she has to wait, Is it safe for her to travel alone from India once my OPT is approved? [*]3. Will it be beneficial, if I travel to India and bring her with me when I return? If so, I can travel only Nov '14, is it ok? Because her visa was approved on July '14 but her travel wont be untill Nov '14. [/LIST]


    [B]Important Dates: [/B]
    Marriage date: May '14
    Graduation date: Aug '14
    OPT filed date: June '14
    OPT Status: Initial Review (pending approval)
    F2 applied date: June '14
    F2 status: Approved but only untill Aug '14
    F2 visa expiration: Aug '14
    Planned travel to US: Nov '14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knwwat View Post
    Hello Guys,
    I graduated on Aug '14 and waiting for my OPT card. I worked for six months on CPT and same company is offering me full time once I have OPT card. I tried expedite process but no luck. So, I am just waiting it out. But my questions is regarding F2 visa for my wife. We got married back in May '14 and applied for her F2 visa in June with plans to travel in July. At that time my CPT work authorization on I-20 was my graduation date which was Aug '14. She got her visa approved with validity till 08/08. Since my OPT was not approved we postponed her travel.

    Below are my questions: Pls advice on which is the best option.
    [LIST=1][*]1) Is new visa required before travel? [*][/LIST]

    If not, I have three option below, pls advice, which is better option?
    [LIST=1][*]1. Can my wife travel alone to US while my OPT is still under review? [*]2. If she has to wait, Is it safe for her to travel alone from India once my OPT is approved? [*]3. Will it be beneficial, if I travel to India and bring her with me when I return? If so, I can travel only Nov '14, is it ok? Because her visa was approved on July '14 but her travel wont be untill Nov '14. [/LIST]


    [B]Important Dates: [/B]
    Marriage date: May '14
    Graduation date: Aug '14
    OPT filed date: June '14
    OPT Status: Initial Review (pending approval)
    F2 applied date: June '14
    F2 status: Approved but only untill Aug '14
    F2 visa expiration: Aug '14
    Planned travel to US: Nov '14

    In order to travel to the US, she must have a valid visa. Since her visa is expired, she must get a new visa. Once she gets the new visa, she should have no issues traveling alone.

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    Hello lisaanderson,
    Thank you for your reply. That is exactly what I planned too. I will wait for my OPT approval and then get new I-20 from school before applying for new F2 visa. But, one of my friend pointed me to this link recently which states under question 6E that F2 visa holders with expired visa can travel if they are carrying valid supporting documents and/or traveling with primary visa holder.

    http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f6.htm#_Toc81222014

    Could you please let me know if I understood it correctly.

    Thanks a lot for your help,
    -Arun

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knwwat View Post
    Hello lisaanderson,
    Thank you for your reply. That is exactly what I planned too. I will wait for my OPT approval and then get new I-20 from school before applying for new F2 visa. But, one of my friend pointed me to this link recently which states under question 6E that F2 visa holders with expired visa can travel if they are carrying valid supporting documents and/or traveling with primary visa holder.

    http://www.ice.gov/sevis/travel/faq_f6.htm#_Toc81222014

    Could you please let me know if I understood it correctly.

    Thanks a lot for your help,
    -Arun


    This page is specifically for “re-entry”. Your spouse is not re-entering but entering for the first time.

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