I was recently accepted to my top school with a tutition waiver and assistanstship offer. My spouse and minor child will be accompanying me to the US while I pursue my studies. Since my husband will most certainly want to work, I have decided to request forms for the J1 visa. I have noticed however that one of the requirements for issuing the DS2019 form for J2 dependents is proof of financial support for the duration of the Phd program. This seems a little strange. My Phd program will likely take a minimum of 4 years to complete. If the annual cost of living for my dependents is determined by the University to be $20,000.00 am I required to show funds of $80,000.00 for the form to be issued?
I emailed the school but have yet to receive a reply. Could any of you please shed some light on this before Iose my mind?
Your thoughts/experiences on this would be really appreciated.