Obtaining Visa Documents for Dependents (F/J Students and Scholars)
Basic Information about F-2/J-2 Dependents:
Before You Apply
Your partner is not eligible to be a visa dependent, but may apply for a B-2 visitor visa to join you under a provision for Cohabitating Partners described in the Foreign Affairs Manual for visa officers. Look for 9 FAM 402.2-4(B)(5).
Be sure to provide your dependents' information to your department when they are requesting a DS-2019 for you and all J-1/J-2 forms will be created at the same time.
How to Apply for a Dependent COE (Certificate of Eligibility) If You Are a Student or J-1 Scholar Currently at Columbia
Gather your documents and information
Login to Compass with your UNI and password to submit your application
Please click the appropriate link below:
We will contact you
Allow up to 10 business days for us to review and process your application. We will notify you by email when your dependent’s new I-20/DS-2019 is ready to be picked up.
Send the I-20/DS-2019 to your spouse
They will need the COE to apply for an F-2 or J-2 visa application at a U.S. consulate and to enter the U.S.