J-1 Health Insurance Requirement

Immigration regulations require J-1 exchange visitors and accompanying J-2 dependents to maintain comprehensive medical insurance with evacuation and repatriation coverage that meets U.S. government minimum requirements for the full duration of the J-1 program. There cannot be any breaks or lapses in insurance coverage even if one travels outside the U.S. for an extended period of time during the J program.

  • J-1 exchange visitors at CU Boulder must provide ISSS with a valid J-1 Insurance Compliance Form at the start of their J-1 programs and during their J-1 programs any time insurance information changes including the renewal of a policy, the addition of dependents, and the extension of a J-1 program.

The willful failure to carry the required insurance for yourself and, if applicable, your dependents, or material misrepresentation of insurance coverage may result in the termination of your J program and legal status in the U.S.

  • Employment Start Date & Insurance Coverage
    • If your CU employment start date is the first day of the month, then your CU insurance coverage will start on the first day of the month.
    • If your CU employment start date is after the first day of the month, then your CU insurance coverage will start on the first day of the next month.
  • Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage
  • University Health Insurance
  • Open Enrollment to Change or Renew University Benefits (including Health Insurance)
    • At the end of April/beginning of May, you will have the ability to change your benefit selections. You may have to re-enroll in your current benefits.
    • Benefit changes cannot be made at other times of the year unless there is a qualifying life event.

  • You must independently purchase medical/health insurance AND evacuation/repatriation insurance for you (and any J-2 dependents accompanying you) that meets the minimum benefit levels stated in the regulations.
  • A list of insurance providers that offer medical/health insurance and evacuation/repatriation insurance coverage is available in our Insurance Resource Guide.

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