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Eligibility for Group Insurance from the State of Illinois

Eligibility is defined by the State Employees Group Insurance Act of 1971 (5 ILCS 375/1 et seq.) or as hereafter amended (Act), and by such policies, rules and regulations as shall be promulgated thereunder.

For an explanation of the criteria employees must meet to be eligible to participate in the Group Insurance Program, please review the "Eligibility Requirements" section of the Benefits Handbook located in the "Insurance Resources" box.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please contact a Benefits Counselor at (309) 438-8311.

Special Eligibility Information for Non-U.S. Citizens

Illinois State University participates in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS).

Employees may not be eligible to participate in SURS if they hold a certain visa and have not yet established residency status for tax purposes. F-1 and J-1 visa holders generally fall into this category. Employees who are non-U.S. citizens are encouraged to contact Payroll at (309) 438-3106 for assistance in determining their eligibility.

At the time an individual is a resident alien for tax purposes, they will be eligible to participate in SURS and will then be eligible to participate in the Group Insurance Program as of the residency change date that they become a resident alien. Until that time, insurance can be purchased through an individual’s own arrangements. Information is available about short term insurance policies in the Office of International Studies and Programs, Fell Hall, room 308. Contact (309) 438-5276 or visit the International Studies website.

Note: "Resident Alien for tax purposes" is different than "Resident Alien for immigration purposes."