J-1 Exchange Visitors and their J-2 dependents must be covered by sickness and accident insurance within 30 days of the first day of the J-1 program, and must maintain coverage for the duration of their stay in the United States. Failure to be covered by such insurance within 30 days of the J-1 program start date may lead to loss of legal immigration status and termination from the Exchange Visitor Program. These Department of State (DOS) regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations [22 CFR 62.14].
Minimum health insurance coverage must provide all of the following:
The MIT employee health plans and the MIT Affiliate Health Plan meet all of the J-1 requirements. Health insurance coverage backed by the full faith and credit of the government of the Exchange Visitor's home country meets the Department of State (DOS) requirements.
The regulations continue: "An Exchange Visitor who willfully fails to maintain the insurance coverage set forth above . . . or who makes a material misrepresentation to the sponsor [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] concerning such coverage shall be deemed to be in violation of these regulations and shall be subject to termination as a participant." [22 CFR 62.14(h)]
All J-1 scholars at MIT must sign a Statement of Compliance form for the International Scholars Office stating that they understand and will comply with the J Exchange Visitor Program health insurance requirements as outlined above.
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*If you have insurance coverage from an outside company or government (other than MIT), repatriation and medical evacuation might not be included in your policy. Please check your policy. If needed, consult with the ISchO regarding how to purchase this coverage.
Last Updated:August 2012