If you are traveling to the US on a J-1 or J-2 visa, you will be required to carry medical health insurance for the full duration of your program. Many sponsor programs provide both their students and dependents with health insurance, or you will be required to enroll in a private health insurance plan. Either way, the US Department of State has minimum J-1 health insurance requirements that your insurance plan must meet (which applies to J-2 visa holders, as well).
It is important that you check with your sponsor directly to see whether you’ll be required to carry their group health insurance plan or if you will need to make your own arrangements to purchase individual health insurance for the J-1 visa.As we work with the minimum J-1 health insurance requirements daily, we wanted to make it simple for exchange visitors to find a plan that meets and exceeds the requirements laid out by the US Department of State. If you are responsible for finding your own insurance plan, our international student health insurance plan and our international travel medical insurance both specifically meet and exceed this requirement.
Our international student health insurance plan is designed for those scholars who will be in the US for longer than one year. This comprehensive coverage not only meets the J-1 health insurance requirements, but also provides additional coverage for mental health, maternity, sports, and pre-existing conditions.
Once you’ve purchased your health insurance for the J-1 visa, many sponsors, as well as embassies and consulates, may request to see proof of insurance that specifically meets these outlined requirements. You will need to contact your insurance carrier for a letter (sometimes called a Visa Letter or Proof of Coverage) that addresses each of these requirements and the amount of coverage your plan provides. Since we work with J-1 health insurance requirements on a daily basis, we automatically provide this visa letter immediately upon purchasing our plans so that you’ll have the documentation available to bring with you for your visa interview appointment.So whether you purchased your health insurance for the J-1 visa from us or through your sponsor organization, be sure to check that your insurance meets these minimum requirements and that you have a visa letter with proof of coverage to present at your visa interview and to your sponsor.