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International Students and Scholars

Employment for Dependents

The high cost of living in the U.S. often requires both husband and wife to work. However, your spouse will likely not have employment as an available option. F-2 dependents are not eligible for any form of employment (even babysitting) under any circumstances and J-2 dependents may apply for work authorization only under specific immigration guidelines. This often causes frustration since your spouse may be well established in a profession in your home country.

It cannot be emphasized enough that the overall cost of living in the U.S. is very high, and when an emergency occurs it can be devastating. Therefore, you must consider whether you can afford the extra time commitment and financial expenses you will have to make so that your family's presence in the U.S. will be a comfort and not a burden.

Unfortunately, financial constraints and cultural pressures of this nature often affect the marital relationship of students. Differing cultural values and expectations can create emotional, physical, and legal problems, especially when an unforeseen crisis occurs.

It is our hope that you will discuss the information we have provided with your family and that it will assist you in making this very important decision in your life as a student studying at the University of Wyoming.

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