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J-1 Scholars and Student Interns

Vanderbilt University adheres to federal law that mandates that J-1 exchange visitors and J-2 dependents maintain health insurance throughout the “J” program. If you willfully fail to maintain health insurance, Vanderbilt must terminate your program and report to the U.S. Department of State. At that time, you will be deemed “out-of-status” and ineligible for extension of stay, employment, or change of status.

All J-1 and J-2 visa holders should submit the form below to ISSS to demonstrate compliance with this requirement.

J-1 Exchange Visitor Health Insurance Requirement Acknowledgement & Pledge

Vanderbilt University cannot recommend, or endorse any specific health insurance company or policy. A list of health insurance providers can be found by clicking here. Additional options are below:

Some insurance plans meet most of the immigration requirements but do not provide adequate coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains.  None of the insurance plans available to Vanderbilt employees as part of benefits provide this coverage.  If your preferred insurance does not include these two types of coverage, you can purchase an additional policy for a small cost.  Two options are listed below.

Gallagher Koster – Vanderbilt Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains Benefits Enrollment Form

Harbour Group Medical Evaucation and Repatriation Plan