If I worked with TN Visa in the USA last year, Am I eligible for a penalty if I did not have a health insurance?

Typically on a VISA you can’t get cost assistance, but can get minimum essential coverage (typically through work). If you file taxes in the US you’ll need to have coverage, or pay the fee for each month you don’t have coverage, or get an exemption. You won’t owe the fee if you have an exemption. Common exemptions include exemptions for passing the bona fide residence test or physical presence test.

To meet the bona fide residence test, you must be a bona fide resident of a foreign country for an uninterrupted period that includes an entire tax year.  To meet the physical presence test you must be present in a foreign country for 330 days out of the year.


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Luis Montoya on

I have TN Visa and I living in Mexico (all family), but I’m commuting every day to work in San Diego CA, can I get an exception for that?
Thank you!

ObamaCareFacts.com on

You should, in this case, get a multi-state PPO. This will allow you to travel and keep the health plan (other plans are typically in-state networks with emergency out-of-state only). The origin of the plan should be your primary residence (likely then with your family).

Luis Montoya on

Thank you for your answer, but I o have a family Health Plan in Mexico, so no need to duplicate. why to pay double?

Sarah Beam on

If I live and work in Canada and only work in the US one day a week would this meet the bona fide residence test?

ObamaCareFacts.com on

That is a good question, I am not 100% sure, but the way I read it it would not meet the requirements. But this doesn’t seem right to me. You can read more here and try to glean a correct answer for yourself. Feel free to post an update. http://www.usexpattaxhelp.com/us-citizens-what-is-physical-presence-test.php

Robert Jack on

I am applying for my TN visa in March 2017 and out of Obamacare dates.

Will private insurance cover me and my family esp my wife is already pregnant 5 months.

Most of the insurance companies are saying they don’t cover pre-existing conditions of pregnancy. What are my options before my employer starts their insurance.

Carlos Sandoval on

How I get coverage for TN VISA dependents?

Paullete Valentino on

I’ve been in the US for 6 years; the previous 5 as an F1 student. However, this year I was granted a TN2 visa that was good from April 14 2016- Sept 1st 2016. During my school years I always had health insurance, which the school always took care of, but starting this year I didn’t get it because I thought it wasn’t require. I’m in the process of renewing my TN2 visa and I’m concerned that not having health insurance during the months that I was eligible for it would affect the process. Do you know if not having health insurance could affect the renewal of the visa? Thanks!

Raciel gutierrez on

Hi, sorry but i do not understan very well.

I start a new job in US, in July 2016, and my company is not giving me insurance, i just realized that, and my contract is only 6 months, So if i do not get renewal am i still need to pay the full year? what happened if i need to go back to mexico after the contracts ends? I will not use the healthcare …i need to pay for it yet?

Thank you

Harj on

I am a Canadian Citizen, but will be relocating to the US on a TN Visa to work. Health Care will not be included for me by the employer.

Would I be able to sign up for ObamaCare like any other US citizen, or do I have to go the private route.

erin.georgen@gmail.com Erin on

Yes. Anyone who is a lawfully present immigrant (including valid non-immigrant visas) can use the health insurance Marketplaces and may qualify for cost assistance.

Arian on

My wife has a TD Visa and she is not allowed to work in US. Does she need to have health insurance coverage? My understanding is that for tax income purposes only me as a TN visa holder and allowed to work need to have the health coverage and no penalty should be applied. Can you help me to understand this requirement?

Thank you.

Daniel on

My TN1 visa expired this April when my position was dissolved. Do I need to keep insurance coverage for the rest of the year to avoid penalties?

ObamaCareFacts.com on

As long as you are paying taxes in the U.S. you need to keep coverage to comply with the mandate. However the mandate is repealed for 2018, so it shouldn’t matter moving forward.