EXCHANGE VISITOR INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS
The U.S. Department of State requires medical insurance for all J-1 Exchange Visitors and their dependents. To maintain lawful status, J-1 visitors and their J-2 dependents must have health insurance that meets the minimum requirements as defined by the U.S. Department of State, at all times during the J program. J-1 Exchange Visitors sponsored by UIC are responsible for verifying that their health insurance meets these requirements. J-1 Exchange Visitors must bring proof of insurance to the Office of International Services (OIS) upon arrival. Failure to provide proof of insurance may result in the loss of the J-1 immigration status and termination in the Exchange Visitor program.
Note for students and those scholars paid by UIC: If you are eligible, or become eligible, for UIC health insurance, please be aware that UIC insurance plans do not include medical evacuation and repatriation for a foreign national being flown from the United States to his/her country. Therefore, supplemental insurance, to include medical evacuation and repatriation for the J-1 and his/her dependents, will need to be purchased in order to maintain lawful status.
Please note: Detailed insurance information will be sent with exchange visitor welcome and admissions packets.