I got married 2 months ago and I want to have my wife over. The problem is my current i20 says that my program will end in 2022. However once I apply for my opt, my i20 will say that my program ends in May 2020.

I have two options. Either I apply for F2 visa with my current i20 and then apply for opt. In this case can there be a problem when my wife tries to enter USA using her updated i20 (which will say that program ends in May 2020) while her visa will expire at a later time. Will this difference create an issue at the time of entry?

The second option is that I can wait to get my EAD card and then apply for F2. However, what are my chances to get F2 Visa approved during OPT?

1 Answer 1


There should not be a problem to apply for an F2 in either situation. A F1/F2 visa gives you the "key" to enter the US. Once inside what matters is your status, which is tied to your i-20. So its fine if the visa does not match the i-20 as long as both expiration dates are in the future.

Furthermore, although your i-20 will say that the program ends on May 2020, the DSO from your school will add a note to the i-20 saying that you applied for the OPT which will extend your status for the duration of your OPT.

Finally, I recommend talking to the DSO about this situation and making a plan together. DSOs also have a point of contact at the DHS in which they can ask questions for unusual situations like yours.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.