An M-2 visa allows the spouse or dependent child of a person on an M-1 visa to enter the U.S. with their family member. The M-1 is a student visa that allows individuals enrolled in non-academic vocational training in the U.S. to enter and stay in the country legally for the duration of their studies.
Like other “family” or “dependent” visas, the status of an M-2 visa holder depends entirely upon the status of the principal M-1 visa holder. If the visa of the principal M-1 visa holder expires, then so do the visas of his or her dependents on M-2 visas.
In order to qualify for an M-2 visa, the applicant must be the spouse or a child under the age of 21 of somebody who has qualified for an M-1 Visa.
The M-2 visa allows its holder to enter the U.S., and during their stay, they can leave the country and reenter, just like the holder of an M-1 visa. A school-aged child on an M-2 visa is also allowed to attend school. However, nobody on either an M-1 or M-2 visa can seek or accept employment.
If you or a loved one needs help with a visa application, you should contact an attorney. An experienced immigration lawyer can tell you the requirements of an M-2 visa, help you fill out the necessary paperwork, and explain the process of obtaining an M-2 visa or any of the other visas that might be applicable to your situation.
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