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  • Visa status of OPT card holder Spouse? Can she work?

    Hi I have a query on behalf of my friend. Actually he is on OPT and working for Verizon. He his getting married now. What will be visa status of his wife, when she comes to USA as dependent to him. Will she be allowed to work in USA right away or when can she work in USA (considering her visa status) ?


    This was posted on https://www.facebook.com/desiopt1 on July 20th 2013

  • #2
    She will be on F2 status, and She cannot work. OPT infact is not a visa status, its just an extension of F1 status after school, provided you have a job. She can work as soon as an employer sponsor her an H1B

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    • #3
      Being on OPT means one is still in F1. His wife will be on F2. So she cannot work in US. she will need to have a visa of her own. Among dependent visas, only J2s can work.

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      • #4
        F2 not eligible to work

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        • #5
          Not only J2s even L2 visa dependents can also work... Cannot work on F2 visa

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