Health Insurance Requirements for Non-Immigrant Foreign Students and Their Dependents

Reason for Policy: 

This policy assists the University in executing its reporting and certifying obligations under federal regulations by establishing responsibilities for nonimmigrant foreign students regarding insurance for themselves and dependent family members in the United States.

Entities Affected by this Policy: 

Nonimmigrant foreign students at the UO; all UO employees who deal with these matters.

Enactment & Revision History: 

Technical revisions enacted by the University Secretary on September 4, 2015.

Became a University of Oregon Policy by operation of law on July 1, 2014.

Former Oregon Administrative Rule Chapter 571 Division 4 Section 0015.

Policy: 

Health Insurance Requirements for Non-immigrant Foreign Students and Their Dependents

(1) In order to assist the University in executing its reporting and certifying obligations under federal regulations, nonimmigrant foreign students at the University of Oregon must demonstrate their ability to meet their financial responsibilities in full. The University hereby establishes that these responsibilities include the provision by nonimmigrant foreign students for health and accident care for themselves and dependent family members in the United States.

(2) All nonimmigrant foreign students enrolled part- or full-time at the University of Oregon will be required to carry health and accident insurance for themselves and all their dependent family members in the United States.

(3) The health and accident policy carried by each nonimmigrant foreign student must provide coverage comparable to the one offered through ASUO (currently providing for a minimum of $25,000 per accident or illness) or meet guidelines established by the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs or the American College Health Association. The policy may be underwritten by a foreign insurance carrier but it must be payable in the United States for medical expenses incurred in this country.

(4) Such insurance policy must be in force for a 12 month period commencing during the registration period of the student's first term at the University. Request for term-by-term insurance coverage, or for any coverage extending for a period of less than one year from the date of a student's first registration, must be made in writing to a foreign student advisor in the University's Office of International Services. Exceptions may be granted in cases involving factors including, but not limited to, graduation during the academic year.

(5) Nonimmigrant foreign students must provide proof of adequate insurance coverage acceptable to the Office of International Services before they are permitted to register for classes during their first term of enrollment for any given academic year. Documentation of such adequate coverage must indicate in English the insurance company's name and address for billing purposes, policy number, the coverage terms of the policy, the effective dates of the policy, any exclusions, the names of the individuals covered by the policy, and the maximum amount of coverage per accident and illness and/or in terms of cumulative benefits.

(6) If an enrolling nonimmigrant foreign student does not provide acceptable proof of adequate health insurance for him-or herself and for dependent family members in the United States, the Office of International Services may restrict University registration and issuance of immigration documents (for travel, extensions of stay, employment requests, practical training, dependent matters, etc.) for the student and the student's dependent family members.

(7) Nonimmigrant foreign students shall be notified in writing of these requirements before departing for Eugene and again before they complete matriculation at the University. A similar notice shall appear in the University Bulletins next regularly published after the adoption of this policy. These notices shall inform such students that they may contest the factual premise underlying any proposed restriction referred to in section (6) of this policy by presenting their documentation and arguments before the Director of International Services or that person's designee.

(8) Pending the resolution of any dispute over the conformity of a proffered policy with guidelines referred to in section (3) of this policy, the student proffering the insurance in question shall be permitted to register, and shall, in the event of an adverse decision compelling withdrawal from the University subsequent to registration, be guaranteed a refund of any tuition paid for the term in which withdrawal ultimately took place.

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Responsible Office: 

For questions about this policy, please contact International Student & Scholar Services at 541-346-3206.

Original Source: 
Oregon Administrative Rule