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J-1 International Faculty, Researchers, and Staff


Welcome to OHIO! We are pleased that you are working here and helping OHIO continue to grow and thrive. OHIO offers numerous resources for faculty, researchers, and staff. For general information on services at OHIO, please click here.

The Office of International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS) is also here to assist you while you are on campus. If you have immigration questions about your J-1 visa, please call 740-593-4330.  Or you may email your question to us at isfs@ohio.edu. 


Health Insurance Requirements


Federal J-1 visa regulations require all J-1 and J-2 visa holders to carry health insurance for the entire duration of their program.  Please bring proof of insurance for yourself and any dependents when you check in with ISFS upon arriving in the U.S.

The insurance must meet or exceed the following requirements:


Coverage Type

Minimum coverage

Medical benefits  (per accident or injury)


Repatriation of remains


Medical evacuation


Deductible per accident or illness





If you will receive a salary from Ohio University, you may be eligible for insurance benefits.  If so, you will sign up for your insurance after your arrival, when you attend your Human Resources orientation.

If you will not receive a salary from Ohio University, you must purchase health insurance on your own.  You have three options:

Option 1:  Purchase the Ohio University student insurance plan.  To make this purchase, you will need to work directly with the insurance office on campus. 

Option 2:  Purchase a J-1 Exchange Visitor appropriate policy from one of the following known companies.  (Please note that Ohio University does not endorse these companies.)


Option 3:  Find and purchase a different policy that meets these minimum requirements.  You will need to provide the policy details to ISFS at check-in.  If we determine that the policy does not meet the J-1 regulatory requirements, we may not accept the policy.  In that scenario, you must either purchase a new policy or purchase additional coverage.





Travel Signature Request Form

Departure Notification Form

J-2 Work Authorization Application Instructions






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