J-1 Health Insurance Requirements

All J-1 students, scholars, and student interns and their accompanying J-2 dependents are required by the immigration regulations to maintain certain minimum levels of health insurance coverage for the duration of their program dates as noted on their DS-2019 immigration form.  For information on specific coverage requirements, please visit the OIS health insurance webpage.  As a reminder, OIS checks health insurance periodically and requires documentation of acceptable coverage in order to process requests such as program extensions, travel endorsements, and other immigration benefits.

In some cases J-1 students or scholars on NC State’s health insurance plan will not have an active health insurance policy until the start of the month following their arrival date. In these situations the J-1 visa holder must provide their own short-term health insurance that meets the health insurance requirements to cover the gap in NC State health insurance coverage for themselves and any dependents on J-2 visas.

It is required by law to maintain adequate health insurance coverage for the duration of the DS-2019. Finally, OIS is required to terminate the J-1 program of any J-1 who fails to maintain continuous coverage for themselves and any J-2 dependents so J-1 students, scholars, and student interns should take care to ensure continuous coverage.