US immigrant insurance required for US visaOn October 4th, 2019, the Donald Trump administration has announced that the US government will insist on proof of adequate US immigrant health insurance without which visas to enter the US will be denied. This new rule is expected to become effective on November 3rd 2019. The Trump administration states that new immigrants who enter the US without proper US immigrant insurance add to the burden of US taxpayers for the cost of their healthcare.
Once this policy comes into effect, prospective new US immigrants would be asked for proof of immigrant health insurance coverage. The Visas can be denied if the consular office is not satisfied by the provided proof of health insurance in the US.
There are several thousands of travelers coming to the US every year. Many of these visitors are visiting for short stays while others come to live longer in the US. One significant group traveling to the United States are prospective immigrants. These are people who come to the US and over time settle down permanently in the US as immigrants. They initially come as temporary residents to work, study or do research and then apply for the permanent residency in the US. The United States immigration authorities issue Permanent Residency status commonly known as Green Card’s to eligible applicants after rigorous vetting of applicants. These prospective immigrants are likely to stay in the US for long periods. Health Care is something that everyone who comes to the US has to be aware of considering that that healthcare in the US is very expensive and one simply cannot afford to be uninsured while in the US. Till they are eligible for domestic US healthcare, it is important that they have proper health insurance.