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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

Insurance for Vanderbilt Employees

J-1 Exchange Visitors who are being paid by Vanderbilt and considered an employee you can click here to view the Aetna Health Care Plans available.  The Aetna insurance plans do not provide coverage for medical evacuation and repatriation of remains. In order to meet the J-Visa insurance requirements, you must purchase an additional policy to meet these standards. Please indicate below which medical evacuation and repatriation of remains insurance you have purchased.

Insurance for Non-Vanderbilt Employees

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:


Medical Evacuation and Repatriation

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.  One option is listed below.

Harbour Group Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Plan