OPT Insurance for Students from India

shutterstock_115894882The United States continues to be a popular destination for students from India to become an international student in. In the 2011/2012 academic year, there were more than 100,000 international students in the US from India, according to the latest “Open Doors” report.

After an international student graduates they have the option to participate in Optional Practical Training (OPT). This period allows international students to gain valuable work experience inside the US without having to change their student visa to a work visa like an H-1B. However, an individual who has purchased an insurance plan that has a full-time student eligibility requirement might find themselves in a bind once they graduate.

OPT insurance for students from India can be difficult to find. One popular plan option OPT insurance for students from India is the Student Secure plan. As long as students maintain their valid F1 visa status, they are able to have coverage on this plan during their OPT.

Individuals are typically on OPT for one year or less, eligible individuals can purchase the Student Secure plan for one month up to 364 days. Since it is a renewable plan, current students from India who need immediate coverage that will last through their OPT can purchase the Student Secure plan and be covered for up to four years. Additionally, many schools have certain requirements that students must meet with their international student insurance plan. To find out what your school insurance requirements are and if the Student Secure plan will meet, visit our school requirements database.

If you would like more information on purchasing OPT insurance for students from India please contact one of our licensed agents today for more information.

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Posted by Bryanna Davis

Bryanna joined International Student Insurance in 2011 after returning to the United States from teaching English in China. Her interest in international education, sparked initially by her own study abroad experience in Wales, led her to the company. Bryanna is originally from Missouri and is a graduate from the University of Central Missouri.

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