J-1 Visa

Federal requirements for J-1 Exchange Visitors have changed as of January 5, 2015. Please review this page to be aware of your responsibilities as a J-1 Exchange Visitor.

Insurance

As of May 15, 2015, you are required to provide evidence that your insurance, and that of your J-2 dependents, meets the U.S. Department of State requirements outlined below:

U.S. Department of State Insurance Requirements

Coverage

Minimum Requirement

Medical Benefits
$100,000
Medical Evacuation
$50,000
Repatriation of Remains
$25,000
Deductible per accident or illness
$500

Note: The Student/Scholar Health Insurance Plan through The University of Texas at Austin complies with U.S. Department of State insurance requirements. If you are employed by UT and receive employee health insurance, you may need to purchase supplemental coverage for repatriation of remains and medical evacuation for yourself and your J-2 dependents. Contact the ISSS insurance advisor for information.

Dependents

You are required to provide detailed information about your J-2 dependents to International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), including:

  • Email addresses for all J-2 dependents
  • Dates of departure for J-2 dependents who leave the United States prior to your departure date for an extended period of time

English Proficiency

ISSS is required to verify that your English proficiency is sufficient to participate in your J-1 program before we can issue your DS-2019.

Important Brochures for Exchange Visitors

In addition to attending orientation, ISSS recommends that you review the documents below to help you understand your rights and responsibilities while in the United States.

The Exchange Visitor Program Welcome Brochure

The U.S. Department of State has developed this welcome brochure to introduce you to the Exchange Visitor Program. In it you will find information on:

  • The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program
  • Terms that are unique to the Exchange Visitor Program
  • General rules, regulations, and laws by which you must abide
  • Department of State contact information

Wilberforce Pamphlet (Rights and Protections for Temporary Workers)

If you will be working in the United States during your exchange visitor program, please take time to read the pamphlet for temporary workers. You have several rights as an employee, including the right to:

  • Be treated and paid fairly
  • Not be held in a job against your will
  • Keep your passport and other identification documents in your possession
  • Report abuse without retaliation
  • Request help from unions, immigration and labor rights groups and other groups
  • Seek justice in U.S. courts

You can find a pamphlet that outlines your rights in detail as well as versions in several languages on the U.S. Department of State website.