J1 Visa Information

J1 Visa Information for Foreign Students in USA

The Exchange Visitor Program promotes mutual understanding between the people of the United States (U.S.) and the people of other countries by educational and cultural exchanges, under the provisions of U.S. law.

Exchange Programs provide an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the U.S. and the American way of life, thereby developing lasting and meaningful relationships.

In the US, the exchange visitor visa is also called J visa and it is given to people who have been approved to participate in the exchange visitor programs in the USA.

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The students must be pursuing their education outside their home country
  • Maximum coverage
  • Deductible $90
  • Mental  Mental health
  • Sports
  • Maternity  Maternity
  • Includes Mental health
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  • Maximum coverage
  • Deductible $50
  • Mental  Mental health
  • Sports
  • Maternity  Maternity
  • Pre-existing conditions coverage after 6 months
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  • Maximum coverage
  • Deductible $100
  • Mental  Mental health
  • Sports
  • Maternity  Maternity
  • Plan cover for dependents, Sports, can be purchased for J2 only
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  • Maximum coverage
  • Deductible $50
  • Mental  Mental health
  • Sports
  • Maternity  Maternity
  • Covers one physical exam
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Trawick Trawick International plans provide coverage for COVID 19 as long as the plan is effective before the individual gets sick. Here is the trawick student plans Collegiate Care Standard, Collegiate Care Preferred, Collegiate Care Gold and Collegiate Care Silver.
Collegiate Care Standard plan provides insurance coverage for international students actively engaged in education or research activities in the USA. Buy online
Collegiate Care preferred plan provide student health insurance coverage for those temporarily residing outside their home country and actively engaged in education or research activities in the USA Buy online
Collegiate Care Plans provide student medical insurance coverage for those temporarily residing outside their home country or country of permanent residence and actively engaged in education or research activities in the USA Buy online
Collegiate Care Silver Plan provide student health insurance coverage for those temporarily residing outside their home coutry and actively engaged in education or research activities in the USA Buy online
TravelInsure Logo TravelInsure Covid19 student health insurance by Study USA (Plus, Preferred and Platinum plans ONLY) offers international health insurance with coronavirus coverage for students outside their home country.
Medical coverage for international students studying in the US or US students studying outside the US Study USA Insurance from Travel Insurance Services is designed to provide health coverage to students who are in the US and US Students outside US to pursue their studies. Buy online
Tokio Marine HCCIS logo International Students can buy Covid19 Student Secure Select,Student Secure Budget, Student Secure Select, Student Secure Elite which offers coverage for eligible expenses from treatment of COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2.
Worldwide Health Coverage for Students pursuing their Education Abroad. Student Secure Select Insurance provides ideal medical coverage for students and scholars who are planning to visit foreign countries to pursue their studies. Buy online
Student Secure Budget Insurance from Tokio Marine HCC provides medical health coverage which fulfills the specific requirements of the students traveling abroad for studying. Buy online
Student Secure Elite Insurance provides ideal medical coverage for students and scholars who are planning to visit foreign countries to pursue their studies. Buy online
IMG Logo Patriot Exchange and Student Health Advantage Insurance cover medical expenses resulting from COVID-19.
Patriot exchange is offered by International medical group (IMG). Patriot Exchange Insurance provides student medical coverage for students and exchange scholars in foreign countries taking part in cultural exchange programs. Buy online
Long-term, Worldwide Medical Insurance Coverage for Students. Student Health Advantage Insurance is a long term worldwide medical insurance for international students studying outside their home country. Buy online
INF Logo The INF travel insurance works well if the student is currently uninsured or has to supplement an existing policy for Coronavirus coverage. If the student wants to replace an existing policy that does not provide adequate insurance coverage in light of the coronavirus pandemic then he/she can buy the INF travel insurance. INF offers the INF Elite Network insurance, and INF Premier insurance plans with Covid19 coverage. These INF plans are quite affordable and many students are even buying this plan to complement their existing insurance option which has limitations in coverage for COVID-19. Please know we are here to help you make the best, informed decision to get student health coverage even for COVID-19!
The Elite Network plan is the only short-term insurance plan. INF's pre-existing conditions coverage for non US citizens travelling to the USA. Also, It covers all ages up to 99 years old. Buy online
This fixed plan from INF provides full pre existing condition coverage which includes doctor appointments, blood tests, specialty care, urgent care visits and hospital stays. Buy online
Seven Corners Logo Seven Corners offers Liaison Student Plus insurance which covers expenses from treatment of COVID-19 (the disease); SARS-Cov-2 (the virus); and any mutation or variation of SARS-CoV-2. It is available for international students in the US or outside their home country.
This plan offers Coronavirus international student health insurance for Foreign students in the US or outside their home country. Buy online
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For family members planning to join exchange visitors   For family members planning to join exchange visitors
Documentation for J2 visa application:
  • Form DS 2019, SEVIS generated, and approved by the sponsor.
  • Proof that the principal applicant (the person who received the DS-2019 or IAP-66) is maintaining his/her J visa status Copy of the J-1's (principal applicant's) visa.
  • Proof of relationship to the principal applicant.
  • Proof to show sufficient financial support to cover all expenses in the US.
J1 Visa Insurance - US Department of State Requirements   J1 Visa Insurance - US Department of State Requirements
  • J1 visa insurance must have coverage for medical benefits of at least $50,000 for each accident or illness. " However, starting May 15, 2015 this maximum will be increased to $100,000. Students with existing policies should be able to "upgrade" their policies this one time by paying the increased rate.
  • In case of death of the J visa holder in the USA the policy must cover for at least $7,500 in repatriation benefits to send the remains to the home country for burial.
  • The deductible under the plan should not exceed $500 per accident or illness.
  • The co payment in the coverage should be of no more than 25% for medical expenses.

Points to be noted

  • People applying for J visa must be aware that in some special cases the activities done on J visa is also allowed under Business (B-1) or tourist (B-2) visas. A consulate office will decide what type of visa is applicable based on the purpose of visit and documents submitted with the application.
  • People who intend to participate in the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) must first obtain a J visa. The exchange visitors may not travel to the US with VWP or B visa.
  • Those who are coming to the US holding a J Visa must be aware that the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) monitor school and exchange programs and all J visa visitors in America.
  • Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) is an online system to maintain the information of a J visa visitors and their dependents.
  • There is an important document for J visa applicants called the DS-2019, this is issued by a DOS designated sponsor which will be generated by SEVIS. This is one of the documents that exchange scholars have to submit while applying for an exchange visitor visa.
  • Exchange scholars who have applied for a J visa and who are between the ages of 14 and 79 have to attend an interview at the US embassy office as one of the visa processing mandates. Those who are below 13 years and above 80 years of age do not require an interview.
  • Apply for your J visa as early as possible because the waiting period for the visa interview can vary.
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