Life Insurance for Non U.S. Citizens
Seven Things You Need to Know!

We Make Foreign National Life Insurance Easy for You!

By Michael Horbal - Updated on 06/22/2023

Getting life insurance for non-U.S. citizens depends on the following seven critical factors!

What’s your connection to the United States?

If you want to buy life insurance, the first question life insurance companies will ask is how are you connected to the United States?

Qualifying Examples include:

  • U.S. real estate ownership
  • Business ownership
  • Significant assets located in the U.S.
  • You spend substantial time in the U.S.
  • You’re married to a U.S. citizen who resides in America
  • Students in the United States
  • Employer is a U.S. company
  • You have a U.S. tax liability

U.S. Real Estate Ownership

Do you own a home in the United States? Life insurance companies will review the property information to ensure that the property is titled in the insured’s name.

If the property is titled in the name of a trust, we must show the connection between the trust and the insured for underwriting purposes.

If the property is owned in an LLC, underwriting will want to see the operating agreement and a listing of all assets held in the LLC. The LLC must be U.S. based.

Business Ownership

Do you own a business in the United States?

It can be a sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, LLC, etc., as long as it’s in the U.S.

Coverage for buy-sell agreements, key people, and life insurance for business loans is available.

Significant Assets Located in the U.S.

Life insurance companies look for you to have significant assets titled in your name.

In many cases, that may be a minimum of $100,000 or 25% of the life insurance face amount you apply for.

Many carriers require that your U.S. bank account be a minimum of 6 months old before applying.

Time Spent in the United States

How much time do you spend in the United States?

The more, the better.

Many life insurance companies have minimum stay requirements in the U.S.

The requirements vary by company, with some insurers requiring as little as 15 days annually, whereas other companies want to see 10+ months per year in America.

In addition, some carriers require a minimum of days for 24 months before applying.

Married to a U.S. Citizen

If you marry a U.S. citizen, life insurance is readily available as long as the U.S. citizen spends time in the United States.

Some companies require that your spouse also have coverage with the same company.

If not, coverage may still be available with limitations.

Students in the United States

Life insurance is available for students in the United States.

The student’s income or estate planning needs must justify the coverage sought.

Eligible student visas include:

  • F1 – Academic Student
  • M1 – Vocational or non-academic student

Some companies only allow the F1 visa. We’ll make sure you get to the right company.

Employer is a U.S. Company

If your employer is domiciled in the United States, a few companies will consider coverage for you.

You may or may not be in America all the time but keep in mind that the entire process needs to be completed in the United States.

U.S. Tax Liability

If you pay federal taxes to the United States, some companies will allow this to be the nexus for life insurance purposes.

What country are you a citizen of?

Where your citizenship is from matters.

Life insurance companies publish lists of countries that are acceptable for coverage and those that are not.

Some countries are considered too dangerous to insure someone.

Other countries have restrictions that prohibit citizens from owning American life insurance even if the insured would otherwise qualify.

Furthermore, some life insurance companies categorize countries into A, B, C, and D categories, representing different risks and pricing.

When you submit your information, we ensure that the companies we quote for you are available.

What type of authorization do you have?

Do you have a green card or a conditional permanent resident, or are you in the United States on a visa?

Green Card Holders

A green card is known as a permanent resident card. A green card allows you to live and work in the United States permanently.

Green card holders (permanent residents) are eligible for the best life insurance rates with all companies we have available.

Green cards are valid for ten years; yours must not expire during underwriting.

Conditional Permanent Resident

Sometimes referred to as a conditional green card, this authorization lasts two years.

A conditional green card is typically given to a spouse who marries a U.S. citizen but the marriage is less than two years old.

Visa Holder

There are two main types of visa categories in the United States:

  • Nonimmigrant Visas
  • Immigrant Visas

Nonimmigrant visas are used to travel to the United States temporarily.

Nonimmigrant visas include:

  • B-1 – Amateur or Professional Athletes
  • J – Au pair exchange visitor
  • A-3 – Australian professional specialty
  • BCC – Border Crossing Card – Mexico
  • B-1 – Business Visitor
  • CW-1 – CNMI-only transitional worker
  • D – Crewmember
  • A – Diplomat or Foreign Government official
  • B-1 – Domestic Employee or Nanny
  • G1-G5 – Designated International Organization or NATO
  • J – Exchange Visitor
  • A-2 – Foreign Military Personnel stationed in the U.S.
  • O – Foreign National with extraordinary abilities in Sciences, Arts, Education, Business, or Athletics
  • H-1B1 – Free Trade Agreement – Chile or Singapore
  • Q – International Cultural Exchange Visitor
  • L – Intracompany Transferee
  • B-2 – Medical Treatment Visitor
  • l – Media, Journalist
  • TN/TD – NAFTA Professional Worker – Canada or Mexico
  • P – Performing Artist, Entertainer
  • J, H-1B – Physician
  • R – Religious Worker
  • H-1B – Specialty occupations in fields requiring highly specialized knowledge
  • F, M – Student – Academic or Vocational
  • H-2A – Temporary Agricultural Worker
  • H-2B – Temporary Worker Labor, Seasonal
  • B-2 – Vacation, Tourism
  • H-3 – Training in a program not for employment
  • E – Treaty trader/treaty investor
  • C – Transiting the United States
  • U – Victim of Criminal Activity
  • T – Victim of Human Trafficking
  • V – Nonimmigrant (V) Visa for Spouse and Children of a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR)

Immigrant visas are used to live in the U.S. permanently.

Immigrant Visa Types Include:

  • IR1, CR1 – Spouse of a U.S. Citizen
  • K-3 – Spouse of a U.S. Citizen awaiting approval of an I-130 immigrant petition
  • K-1 – FiancĂ©(e) to marry U.S. Citizen & live in the U.S.
  • IR3, IH3, IR4, IH4 – Intercountry Adoption of Orphan Children by U.S. Citizens
  • IR2, CR2, IR5, F1, F3, F4 – Certain Family Members of U.S. Citizens
  • F2A, F2B – Certain Family Members of Lawful Permanent Residents
  • E1, E2, E3, EW3, C5, T5, R5, l5, S – Employer Sponsored:
  • SD, SR – Religious Workers
  • SI – Iraqi and Afghan Translators/Interpreters
  • SQ – Afghans or Iraqis Who Worked for/on Behalf of the U.S. Government
  • DV – Diversity Immigrant
  • SB – Returning Resident

How much time do you spend in the U.S.?

The amount of time that you spend in the United States will determine your eligibility with companies.

Some life insurance companies only insure foreign nationals that spend 10+ months per year in the U.S.

Other life insurance companies consider foreign nationals who spent at least 15 days in the United States.

Where else do you travel to?

Life insurers will want to know where else you travel each year.

Do you travel to your residence country? If yes, how often?

Do you travel to any countries on the prohibited lists of insurance companies?

Is your travel for business, pleasure, or some other reason?

What is your occupation?

Not everyone is eligible for foreign national life insurance, especially with specific occupations.

If your occupation is any of the following, it may not be easy to obtain coverage:

  • Diplomats
  • Entertainers
  • Government officials
  • Journalists
  • Military personnel
  • Missionaries
  • Professional athletes
  • Royal families
  • Trade union officials

What do your finances look like?

U.S. based life insurance companies will not underwrite everyone, especially if you do not have substantial assets and income.

Life insurance companies want to know the following:

  • Annual Income
  • Total Assets
  • Total Liabilities
  • Net Worth

In addition, underwriting will want a detailed listing of those assets in the United States.

Paying for your policy requires an American bank account; in many cases, that account must be established 6-12 months before purchasing life insurance.

Foreign National Underwriting

Life insurance underwriting is different for non-U.S. citizens.

While term life insurance, universal life insurance, and whole life insurance are available, some carriers restrict which products and life insurance riders are available to you.

If you have a high-risk health condition, your options may be limited as many life insurers limit their underwriting risk.

Life Insurance Companies that Work With Foreign Nationals

Many life insurance companies are available to help with life insurance for non-U.S. citizens.

Each life insurance company has its underwriting program, and product availability and coverage amounts vary by the life insurer, but many will offer life insurance policies greater than $5 million.

Allianz Foreign National Life Insurance

Allianz Life Insurance Company will insure high-net-worth individuals who meet the underwriting criteria, including those with:

  • Ages 18-70
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $35,000,000
  • Total global assets of $2 million or greater
  • A minimum annual income of $100,000
  • U.S. based bank account must be at least six months old
  • Products Available – Fixed Index Universal Life
  • A Limited Power of Attorney may be used
  • Interpreters may be used – must meet Allianz certifications

Not every life insurer allows the power of attorneys or interpreters, so that is an advantage Allianz has over other companies.

AIG Foreign National Life Insurance

AIG is a well-known international life insurance company that offers life insurance to non-U.S. citizens.

Some AIG highlights include:

  • Ages 18-70
  • Term life insurance amounts up to $3.5 million for “A” code countries
  • Universal life insurance amounts up to $10 million
  • High-risk underwriting to Table 4 rating allowed
  • Occupation must be technical, business owner, executive, professional
  • Power of Attorney is not acceptable

John Hancock Foreign National Life Insurance

John Hancock works in the high net worth market and requires foreign national clients to have a minimum net worth of $5 million.

Other aspects of Hancock’s foreign national program include:

  • Ages 20-75 (some limitations on older ages)
  • Term life insurance is only available for a key person policy
  • All permanent life insurance products are available
  • High-risk underwriting to table 4
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $40 million in some countries, lesser amounts in other countries
  • Power of Attorney is not acceptable

Lincoln National Foreign National Life Insurance

Lincoln National offers competitive products for you to consider.

Highlights for Lincoln National include:

  • Ages 18-70
  • Ages 71-75 by exception only
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $65,000,000
  • Term life insurance for business cases
  • Permanent life insurance
  • High-risk underwriting to table 4
  • Coverage amounts up to $35 million are available

Lincoln is very competitive with their pricing for higher coverage amounts and underwriting health impairments.

Mass Mutual Foreign National Life Insurance

High net-worth individuals who meet the following Mass Mutual criteria are eligible:

  • Ages 18-70
  • The only product available is whole life insurance
  • Minimum global net worth of at least $5 million
  • Minimum Face Amount of $5 million or minimum premium of $250,000
  • Maximum Face Amount of $50,000,000
  • Underwriting up to Table “D” rating
  • Power of Attorney is not allowed

In addition, Mass Mutual will consider premium-financed life insurance cases with a minimum face amount of $10,000,000.

National Life Group Foreign National Life Insurance

If you want coverage with National Life Group, it must be for permanent life insurance only, as this company does not offer term life.

Other highlights include:

  • Ages 18-70
  • Minimum Face Amount – $500,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $15,000,000 ($2 million for students)
  • High-Risk Underwriting up to Table 4
  • Minimum assets in the U.S. of $500,000 for a minimum of 3 months
  • Permanent life insurance products only

Other criteria apply when considering National Life Group.

New York Life Foreign National Life Insurance

New York Life may be your answer if you want a prominent and well-known life insurance company.

Highlights include:

  • Maximum age 65
  • Ages 66-70 in limited cases of $3 million of coverage or greater
  • Maximum Face Amount – $25 million
  • Whole life and universal life products only
  • Term riders on permanent products are allowed
  • Term life insurance allowed for Mexican and Canadian residents
  • No maximum underwriting class for Category I countries
  • Up to underwriting Class 6 for Category II countries
  • Maximum Class 4 for Category III countries

This may be a great company to consider depending on your needs.

Pacific Life Foreign National Life Insurance

Several options are available with Pacific Life.

Pacific Life Highlights include:

  • Ages 20-75
  • Minimum Net Worth – $5,000,000
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $65,000,000
  • Permanent life insurance products
  • Term life insurance for business cases
  • Survivorship life insurance
  • Power of Attorney is not allowed.

We work with Pacific Life often, and they are a competitive company to consider.

Prudential Foreign National Life Insurance

Foreign national life insurance is a specialty for Prudential.

Prudential highlights include:

  • Ages 25-70 (age 75 for some reinsurance cases)
  • Minimum Face Amount – $250,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $35,000,000
  • Term Life Insurance
  • Permanent Life Insurance
  • High-risk underwriting up to table D
  • U.S. based assets must be here for a minimum of 6 months
  • U.S. assets must equal at least 25% of net worth or $500,000

Prudential specializes in high-risk medical conditions.

Symetra Foreign National Life Insurance

Coverage is available to non-U.S. citizens with a minimum net worth of $2,000,000

Symetra highlights include:

  • Ages 18-75
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $35,000,000
  • Term life insurance
  • Permanent life insurance
  • Maximum of table 4 for high-risk medical conditions.
  • Power of Attorney (Attorney-in-fact) is acceptable
  • Premium Financing allowed

Symetra has very attractive term and universal life insurance rates.

Transamerica Foreign National Life Insurance

Non-U.S. citizens interested in Transamerica life insurance must meet the following criteria:

Transamerica highlights include:

  • Ages 18-75
  • Term life insurance and universal life insurance are available
  • Minimum Face Amount – $1,000,000
  • Maximum Face Amount – $25,000,000
  • Minimum Net Worth of $1,000,000
  • High-risk underwriting up to Table 4
  • Power of Attorney is acceptable for delivery

Insureds must have a minimum net worth of $1,000,000 to be considered.

Term Life Insurance for Foreign Nationals

Companies that offer term life insurance to non-U.S. citizens:

  • AIG – Corebridge Financial
  • AXA-Equitable
  • Guardian – (facultative reinsurance only)
  • John Hancock – for key person U.S. business cases
  • Lincoln National – for business cases only
  • New York Life – For Canadian or Mexican residents only
  • Principal – Business cases only
  • Protective Life
  • Prudential
  • Symetra
  • Transamerica

Most life insurance companies want to sell universal or whole life insurance products to foreign nationals.

We’ll help you identify the best life insurer for your needs.

FAQ

Questions we receive about foreign national life insurance include:

Final Thoughts

Life insurance is available for most people.

When you submit your life insurance quote request, we will shop at companies to find the best deals based on your insurance needs.

There is never any pressure or obligation with our service.

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