Q1 visa insurance is necessary for all international cultural exchange program visitors to the U.S.
J visa is for educational and certain cultural exchange programs designated by the U.S. Department of State. On the other hand, Q visa is for international cultural exchange programs designated by USCIS.
You can be eligible for Q-1 visa, if
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You can communicate effectively about the culture of your country with the people of United States. Culture may include the attitude, customs, history, heritage, philosophy, tradition and other cultural attributes of the participant's home country.
- Your employer files a petition Form I-129 with the USCIS and is approved.
- Your employer has the financial resources and agrees to pay wages comparable to other US workers.
- Your Q-1 visa is approved at the U.S. consulate.
The maximum duration for Q-1 visa is 15 months. After completion of your cultural exchange program, you can get a grace period of 30 days to depart the U.S.
Eligible family members (spouse and children under the age of 21 years) can apply for Q-3 visa.
Q1 Visa Insurance
As the healthcare costs are extremely high in the U.S., you must purchase a proper medical insurance for your entire duration of stay. If your employer provides the health insurance for you, it would be best to get coverage through them.
Q visa holders are not mandated to purchase ACA (Obamacare) compliant insurance. Therefore, they can purchase any medical insurance they like.
Fortunately, we have many low cost travel medical insurance plans available at affordable prices. In addition to medical coverage, they also generally provide emergency medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, loss of checked luggage, AD&D and other benefits.
You can consider purchasing: