Visa Requests

Evidence of Insurance Required for Visa Applications
The MIT Insurance Office works with the MIT Health Plans Office when there is a request to provide confirmation of health insurance and/or medical evacuation and repatriation coverage. To prevent delays, all MIT travelers should request visa coverage letters as early as possible before traveling. 

Faculty/Staff/Affiliates needing proof of health insurance

  • Coverage letters for Affiliates – Contact Lawanda Santiago
  • Coverage letters for Employees on Traditional Plan goes to Benefits office
  • Coverage letters for Employees on Choice Plans contact the Benefits office 

Students traveling on MIT business or on a study abroad program please contact Sarah Brown

Students on Personal Travel (proof of health insurance)

  • Coverage letters (Visa, insurance verification ) goes through Gallagher Student Health Insurance (this is for Undergraduates and Graduate students and family members who are enrolled as dependents.  Non-Institute Visiting students must request the letter from the Health Plans Office.
  • Verification letters are usually available 5–7 business days after your insurance eligibility is confirmed.
  • To print a letter
    • Go to
    • Log in (if you haven’t already).
    • On the left toolbar, click “Account Home”.
    • Click on “Verification Letter” under “Coverage History”

Non-MIT Health Coverage

  • Faculty, staff, affiliates and students on personal travel: Must seek a letter of medical coverage from their own health insurer. 

Proof of Medical Evacuation and Repatriation Coverage

  • Faculty/Staff/Affiliates: For confirmation of coverage for either business or leisure travel, please contact Sarah Brown in the Insurance Office.  *Please note, spouses and/or dependent children are also covered when accompanying a covered member on a business related trip, they are not covered for leisure travel.

For more information, please contact Sarah Brown at 617-324-5031 or