Office of Global Engagement

Telephone: 706-542-2900

The spouse and dependent children (under 21 years of age) of international students, scholars, faculty and staff are important to the UGA and surrounding Athens community. Immigration Services aims to assist family members with resources and support during their time in the United States.

  • Immigration Information for Dependents +

    Dependents of F-1 Students

    F-2 visa holders are allowed to study part-time as adults in the United States or as children in elementary and secondary school. F-2 dependents are not permitted to work.

    Dependents of J-1 Exchange Visitors

    J-2 visa holders at permitted to study part-time or full-time in the United States. Children are also permitted to enroll in elementary and secondary school.  J-2 dependents may apply for work authorization with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). J-2 dependents may contact an Immigration Services Advisor regarding this process.

    Dependents of H-1B Faculty and Staff

    H-4 visa holders are permitted to study part-time or full-time in the United States. Children are also permitted to enroll in elementary and secondary school. Dependents may or may not be eligible for employment.

    H-4 Employment Eligibility

  • Global Families +

    The Global Families Partnership Program was conceived with the intent of creating a global community throughout UGA. By pairing international families and U.S. families together, it serves to strengthen relationships throughout UGA's faculty, staff, students, and scholars to further enhance UGA's effort in becoming a globalized campus.

    Join the Global Families Program

  • International Family Resources +

    Life in a new country can be challenging and exciting for international students, scholars, and their families. For helpful resources to support international families, please visit the link below:

    International Family Resources