Changes to J-1 regulation


Thank you to all those who were able to attend the J-1 information sessions in February and March. The changes announced by the Department of State were a surprise for all of us and we are trying to get the information to you as quickly as possible. Please keep in mind that these are not new policies initiated by OIS. OIS is responsible for making sure that the university remains compliant with all immigration regulations, so we must update our procedures to ensure compliance.

Below is a summary from the J-1 information session including the link to the powerpoint. It is your responsibility to read this entire article and to notify OIS of any questions that you may have. This information applies to all J-1 and J-2 visa holders at NC State University. The J-1 is responsible for sharing this information with their J-2 dependents to ensure the entire family is compliant with the J-1 regulations.

Health Insurance 

Effective 5/15/2015 all J-1 and J-2 visa holders must have health insurance that provides at least $100,000 per accident or illness; $50,000 provision for medical evacuation; $500 maximum deductible per illness and $25,000 minimum repatriation coverage.

If the J-1 or J-2 visa holder does not maintain health insurance for the length of their DS-2019, including travel outside the U.S., the J-1 and J-2 visa status will be terminated.

OIS will require proof of health insurance for the J-1 and J-2(s) prior to processing any updates or changes to the DS-2019 including but not limited to travel signatures, program extensions, changes in funding, and adding dependent. OIS may ask for proof of health insurance at anytime.

Anyone who cannot provide proof of health insurance that meet the Department of State requirements will have their J-1 and J-2 status terminated.

Proof of health insurance includes valid insurance card(s), in English, for J-1 and all J-2s with dates of validity and the summary of benefits, in English, that clearly states the required coverage amounts: $100,000 per accident or illness, $50,000 provision for medical evacuation, and $25,000 maximum repatriation coverage. If this information is not clear, it is the responsibility of the J-1 and J-2 visa holder to obtain more information from the health insurance company, OIS cannot assist in this effort.

If you are having trouble purchasing health insurance that meets the minimum requirements please contact OIS.

J-1 and J-2 Contact Information

OIS is required to report the email addresses for J-1 and J-2 visa holders in the immigration system.

Final Departure for J-2s

OIS is required to report the final departure date for J-2 visa holders if that date is prior to the departure date of the J-1 visa holder.

Prohibition on Electronic Sharing of DS-2019

The Department of State has prohibited the scanning, faxing, email or any other electronic sharing of the DS-2019.

Cross Cultural Program Participation

Participation in cross cultural activities for the J-1 and J-2 visa holder is required under the J-1 regulations. OIS offers many program to facilitate this requirement. All of the OIS programs are free and transportation is provided.
English Language Proficiency Requirement –
The OIS session did not cover the English Proficiency Requirement but we have received some questions about this topic. Each university is evaluating the English Language Proficiency Requirement differently. At NC State, degree seeking students must pass TOEFL for admission and research scholars must complete an interview with their academic department.

Final Rule

The final rule has not been published yet, so this information may change. As soon as OIS is provided with the final rule we will inform our population of any changes or updates.

If you have any questions feel free to contact OIS directly.