Bringing Your Dependents to the United States: Information for J-1 Exchange Visitors
The spouse or unmarried minor children (under the age of 21) of a J-1 Exchange Visitor may accompany the scholar to the U.S. or follow at a later date. If you would like your family members to join you at UNH, you must make a request to the OISS at least 60 days in advance of your dependents' anticipated arrival.
Provide the OISS with a photocopy of the passport page(s) with the following information for EACH dependent:
For EACH family member:
- full name
- date and place of birth (city and country)
- country of citizenship
- country of legal permanent residence
- relationship to you (spouse, son, daughter, etc.)
- photocopy of passport page with biographic information
All "J" Exchange Visitors are required to carry adequate health insurance for the duration of their program, both for themselves and for any accompanying dependents.
The insurance must include coverage for emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of remains.
You must complete a separate Health Insurance Compliance Form for each dependent.
As soon as your dependents have obtained their visas, you are required to purchase health insurance for them and to provide proof of that coverage to the OISS immediately after your dependents arrive.
We cannot issue documents to bring your dependents to the U.S. without proof of insurance coverage.
If there is no insurance policy to cover your family and a medical emergency arises, hospital, physician and prescription bills can run into thousands of dollars.
It is important to remember that students/scholars in non-immigrant visa categories are not eligible for any types of U.S. Federal Government funds or funded programs to assist them or their families while they are in the U.S. (e.g., subsidized housing, subsidized healthcare, food stamps etc.).
Show proof of adequate financial support as follows:
- $8,000 for the first dependent, and
- $6,000 for each additional dependent
Acceptable financial documentation:
- original monthly bank statement (less than 3 months old)
- letter from your bank on official bank letterhead indicating the name of the account holder, the date the account was opened, and the bank balance
Documents must be in English, and funds must be in U.S. dollars. Photocopies are not acceptable.
If you are bringing your school-age children to the U.S., you need to make sure that all of their immunizations are up to date and documented.
♦ School-age children (ages 6 to 16) are required to attend school. You will need to provide their official birth certificates, school records, complete medical history and immunization records. You will not be able to enroll your children in school without these documents.
[IMPORTANT: See immunization requirements for NH Schools.]
♦ Childcare centers (for younger children or after-school care) are expensive and usually have a waiting list. It may not be possible to find a center to take care of your child immediately.