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     OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENT & SCHOLAR SERVICES
Binghamton University
 State University of New York

                                                                                  IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
                                                                                                   For
                                                                       J-1 RESEARCH SCHOLARS AND FACULTY

Introduction
The United States State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which administers the Exchange Visitor (J-1) Program requires program sponsors to notify participants of several important matters concerning the J-1 program.

The purpose of the Exchange Visitor Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges.  The Exchange Visitor Program provides foreign nationals with an opportunity to participate in educational and cultural programs in the United States and return home to share their experiences, and it encourages U.S. students and faculty to participate in educational and cultural programs in other countries.

Health Insurance
All J-1 Exchange Visitor participants are required to purchase health insurance which provides a medical evacuation and repatriation benefit.  The State University of New York offers such coverage through the SUNY International Student Health and Accident Insurance Program.

If you are a research scholar or professor, SUNY requires that you purchase the insurance through the University. This insurance is mandatory regardless of coverage provided by an outside agency unless a specific exemption is approved by the Office of International Student & Scholar Services.

If you would like to review a copy of the SUNY International Student/Scholar Health Insurance Policy, go to http://www2.binghamton.edu/isss/health-insurance/index.html and click on “SUNY International Student, Scholar & Visiting Faculty Policy Benefits - Abbreviated Version” or “SUNY International Student, Scholar & Visiting Faculty Policy Benefits - Detailed Version".  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this document.

If you have been offered a faculty or research position at Binghamton for pay that is equivalent to 50% or higher of a full-time position, you are eligible to enroll in the health insurance plan provided by New York State or the Research Foundation of SUNY as part of your salary and benefits. However, since these plans do not provide medical evacuation and repatriation coverage, you are required to purchase a policy from the Office of International Student & Scholar Services. You must also purchase coverage for the SUNY international health insurance plan for the 42-day waiting period until the NYS or Research Foundation benefit plan coverage begins.
Insurance fees can be found here.

If health insurance is not being provided by New York State or the Research Foundation of SUNY as part of your scholar or faculty appointment then you are required to purchase the SUNY International Student Health and Accident policy.  Rates vary according to your term of appointment and are available monthly or per semester.  The cost of the SUNY policy is found here. The policy is comprehensive and includes coverage for pre-existing conditions, hospitalization, doctors' visits, medications, lab fees, surgery, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation to your home country. 

As a scholar or member of the visiting faculty, the insurance fee is paid at the Office of International Student & Scholar Services, which administers the insurance program.  Insurance is also mandatory for J-2 spouses and dependents.  You should plan to visit the Office of International Student & Scholar Services as soon as possible after your arrival to purchase either the medical evacuation and repatriation policyor the complete health insurance policy, as appropriate, as well as insurance for your spouse and/or children.

You will receive a separate email message from our International Health Insurance Team that will include  an exact price quote for your specific appointment period.

Questions regarding insurance should be addressed to the International Health Insurance Team, Office of International Student & Scholar Services, N.A. Rockefeller Center, telephone (607) 777-2510, fax (607)777-2889, email: intl.insure@binghamton.edu

Two-Year Home Residency Requirement
Some J-1 exchange visitors will be subject to a two-year home country physical presence requirement following departure from the United States upon completion of their J-1 program. This two-year home country physical presence requirement only affects individuals who wish to apply for an immigrant visa, permanent residence, or an H or L nonimmigrant visa during or after completion of their J-1 program.

The two-year home country physical presence requirement will apply if the J-1 exchange visitor:

a.    Receives funds from the U.S. government or the government of his/her country which wholly, or in part, finance participation in the program or

b.    Is a national or resident of a country, which the State Department has designated as clearly requiring the services of persons employed in the field of, specialized knowledge or skill in which the J-1 exchange visitor is engaged.

 

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Last Updated: 7/30/13