- Tax Returns for Foreign Students and Scholars

Form 8843

Statement for Exempt Individuals

Who must file Form 8843

All students, teachers, researchers, professors or trainees, and their spouses and dependents, who were admitted to the United States on an F, J, M or Q visa, must file Form 8843, even if there was no U.S. earned income. They must file Form 8843 if they were:

  • present in U.S. in 2017
  • nonresident alien for tax purposes

If you had no U.S. source income, Form 8843 is the only form you file.

If you had U.S. source income, you must attach Form 8843 to your 1040NR-EZ or 1040NR form. Otherwise, it should be sent by itself.

U.S. bank interest received by nonresidents is not considered as U.S. source income. So if your only income in U.S. was interest earned by your U.S. bank account, you may still use only Form 8843

Canadian Students and Form 8843

Canadian students need to complete Form 8843 as long as they are exempt individuals. If you are Canadian resident and do not have a visa, you should use the information from your work authorization papers when completing the Form 8843

When and Where To File

If you had no U.S. earned income and are filing only Form 8843, the deadline for filing this form is June 15. If you must file Form 1040NR-EZ or Form 1040NR, then you must complete Form 8843 and mail with your tax return before the filing deadline, which is April 17.

Completed forms must be mailed to:

Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215, U.S.A.

File Form 8843

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