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F-2 / M-2 Part-time Study Guidance

After the regulatory change, “Adjustments to Limitations on Designated School Official Assignment and Part-time Study by F-2 and M-2 Nonimmigrants,” stakeholders requested more specific guidance on the F-2 study requirements.

Government Response

Following the May 2015 rule change, F-2 or M-2 dependents may study part-time at an SEVP-certified school or program at the postsecondary level. To help stakeholders better understand the amended regulation, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) guide on

SEVP will continue to promote the FAQ guide as a resource for DSOs through its various communication channels. The program also encourages DSOs to reference the guide for answers to questions about F-2/M-2 part-time study and to submit any case-specific questions to the SEVP Response Center.


The timeline below illustrates the steps taken to communicate SEVP's progress to date.

May 2015

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s final rule, “Adjustments to Designated School Official Limits and Dependent Study,” takes effect.

May 2015

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement publishes the FAQ guide to