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J Exchange Visitor Health Insurance Plan Eligibility
New Premium Rates for GeoBlue Insurance Effective September 1, 2022.
|Exchange Visitor Category||Are You Required to Purchase the GeoBlue Insurance Plan?|
|Professors, Researchers, Short-term Scholars, Interns or Specialists on Duke’s Form DS-2019 and Receiving Full Duke Compensation||
No: Many scholars receiving compensation qualify for a Duke University Medical Insurance Plan. Postdoctoral Scholars and Associates can also be considered. Check with your sponsoring Duke department for verification.
If you do not qualify for a Duke University Medical Insurance Plan, you must purchase a GeoBlue policy or request a waiver through our Exchange Visitor Waiver Request webpage.
Scholars and dependents must provide evidence of insurance coverage to the Duke Visa Services Office after entry to the U.S. The Duke Medical Insurance Plan does not provide coverage for Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains. Contact International SOS (ISOS) at 1-800-523-8662 and request an individual membership. The name of the policy you should request is VisitorUSA.
|Professors, Researchers, Short-Term Scholars, Specialists, Specialists and Interns on Dukes Form DS-2019 and NOT Receiving Duke Compensation||
Yes: These scholars must purchase a GeoBlue Plan or provide evidence of insurance coverage which meets or exceeds Duke’s Exchange Visitor insurance requirements. The waiver must be approved through our Exchange Visitor Waiver Request webpage. Please review our Insurance Specifications for a Waiver webpage.
|Exchange Visitor Students Issued a Duke Form DS-2019 and Enrolled Full-time at Duke||
No: Students must participate in the mandatory Duke University Student Insurance Plan (SMIP). For further details, contact the Student Health Insurance Manager at 919-684-WELL or via email at HealthyD@mc.duke.edu Students should also visit the Duke Student Health website. The GeoBlue policy does not meet the Duke University Student Insurance Waiver requirements.
|Duke Students on Academic Training||
Yes: These students must purchase a GeoBlue plan or request a waiver. Please review our Insurance Specifications for a Waiver webpage and our Exchange Visitor Waiver Request webpage.
|Exchange Visitors on a Non-Duke Sponsored Exchange Visitors Program||
Maybe: Your Exchange Visitor program sponsor will provide instructions regarding your insurance requirements and you must provide evidence of the coverage to the Duke Visa Services Office. Exchange Visitors sponsored by Fulbright, LASPAU, ECFMG J Clinical House Staff or any other Non-Duke Sponsored Exchange Visitor fall under this category.