I am a US Citizen and married a J-1 visa holder at the end of December 2017.
- I have had healthcare coverage the entire time in 2017 and currently in 2018.
- My wife is still a J-1 with a pending 2-year waiver rule. When that clears from USCIS we will immediately apply for adjustment of status (AOS). She has been in and out of the US on various J-1 statuses for 3 calendar years. She pays FICA taxes.
- We will be filing a joint return for tax year 2017.
- As a requirement for J-1 entry, she purchased private insurance for a year which ends at the end of March. I am not sure if it is considered basic essential coverage or not.
Is my wife's insurance sufficient, or was she suppose to now be on my insurance (or a marketplace etc) at the beginning of 2018?
Since she is technically not a permanent resident yet, but we have permanent resident 'intent' does that now make this a requirement?
There is a similar question here but both were visa holders: Do I have to pay a Health Care Tax Penalty for my F-1 spouse?