Spouses, Partners, and Children

Employment for Spouses and Partners

Career and Professional Development

The Virginia Tech Career and Professional Development resource center, which includes job-searching tools, is available to spouses and partners of students. Spouses and partners may also use the center's computer lab to work on their resumes and process online employment applications.

Virginia Tech Human Resources

Jobs at Virginia Tech are listed here.

Roanoke Times

Employment opportunities in the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, and surrounding areas are advertised through this newspaper.

International Dependents

Bringing a Spouse or Children to the U.S.

International students in F-1 or J-1 visa status may request an I-20 or DS-2019 form for a dependent (spouse or unmarried minor child). Things to know:

  • Students must be able to provide current funding documentation for their own educational and living expenses, plus additional funds to support a spouse or child. Review funding requirements before you submit a request for a dependent. 
  • Health insurance coverage is required for all dependents for the period of time that the student is enrolled at Virginia Tech. 
  • Dependents in F-2 status may not enroll in a degree program, but may take courses part-time in a non-degree status. If dependents wish to pursue this option, they must apply and be admitted by the Graduate School  first. Consult with one of our immigration advisors before inviting dependents to join you.
  • Employment Eligibility: Spouses in F-2 status cannot work under any circumstances. Spouses in J-2 status may apply for USCIS permission to work.
  • F-2 and J-2 dependents may remain in the U.S. as long as the F-1/J-1 student is maintaining their lawful status. If a dependent leaves the U.S. or changes visa status, request their removal from the F-1 or J-1 student record. 
  • F-2/J-2 dependent children may engage in full-time study in elementary or secondary school. 


Little Hokie™ Hangout is a part-time parent-cooperative program offered by the Graduate School.

Virginia Tech’s Hokie Wellness office provides lists of family day care providers, child care centers, and babysitters, as well as tools to help you make the best child care decisions for your family’s needs.

During fall and spring semesters while classes are in session, the Virginia Tech Women’s Center sponsors Kids' Night Out, a free weekly drop-in child care program, on Thursdays between 6-8:30 p.m. The center, at 206 Washington Street provides care for children ages 2-12 (must be toilet trained). There is no need to pre-register.

The program provides children with games, toys, books, crafts, homework help, and plenty of fun. Child care is provided by volunteers of Chi Delta Alpha sorority.

For more information, contact Jessie Meltsner at jmelts@vt.edu  or 231-7806.

Montgomery County Schools

Check out public schools in Blacksburg and the surrounding area.

Pet care

The Hokie Wellness website offers a list of vets, pet health services, pet day care, boarding, and training services in the New River Valley area.

Looking for Friends or Support?

Graduate student spouses and partners face unique challenges – isolation, financial stresses, difficulty finding work and/or childcare, and adjusting to life in Blacksburg.  A social group can give spouses and partners a chance to come together for camaraderie and support. If you are interested in establishing a program for spouses and partners, contact grads@vt.edu for information.