What is a J-1 visa?

A J-1 visa is a stamp in a person’s passport, required (except in the case of Canadians) for people who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to enter the United States. The J-1 visa is intended for, among others, scholars who want to come to the US temporarily to teach in a college or university, do research, or both.

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Do I need authorization for availing healthcare services?

Yes. The Assurant (formerly Fortis) insurance company uses an authorization service. This ensures that you receive the relevant and cost effective care available. Trained personnel with work with you and the doctors to review the course of treatment and advise you of your eligibility for benefits. The identification card you receive with your student select policy provides a toll-free number for easy access to this service.

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