Immigrant health insurance compulsory for US visa
On October 4th 2019, the US government has issued a proclamation stating that proof of adequate US immigrant health insurance is mandatory while applying for US visas to enter the country. This proclamation however has come under legal scrutiny with different cases filed against this Trump administration initiative.
Prospective New immigrants hoping to join their families currently living in the US are likely to get affected by this new rule. US immigrant visa are assigned to those eligible relatives of US citizens who are applying for permanent residency status or Green card. Refugees, students or US asylum seekers are among those who are not expected to get affected by this new rule.
After this rule has been implemented, the prospective US immigrants will have to show proof of health insurance for US immigrant visa that will cover all the health care expenses while in the US. In some situation the US visa will be not be given if the immigrant fails to show proof of adequate US immigrant medical insurance.
The reason why the US government is making good US immigrant insurance mandatory is because some Immigrants are finding it difficult to pay the bills of health care expenses in the US which is adding a burden to US hospitals, the health care system and finally to US taxpayers.
While details of the new immigrant insurance requirements are still to be announced, the best US immigrant insurance plans that we offer on American Visitor Insurance work as short term health insurance which US immigrants can use till they are eligible for domestic US insurance plans.
Medical Insurance for Green Card Holders
US immigrants and Green card holders living in the US can buy new immigrant health insurance
. There are immigrant insurance plans offered by reputed US insurance providers who offer comprehensive medical insurance for new immigrant and US permanent residents (green card holders) till they are eligible to buy US domestic health insurance or are eligible to be covered by Medicare.
Common categories of new US Immigrants are:
- Green card holders sponsored by family members
- H1B and H4 visa holders
- Immigrants on Employment Authorization Card
- Green card holders travelling frequently between the US and their home country
Immigrant health insurance can be either long term or short term based on the applicant requirements
Short term health insurance options (5 Days - 12 Months)
Long term health insurance options (one year or longer)