International

Filing Taxes as a Non-Resident with No Income

You are considered a Non-Resident Alien with no US Income if you meet the following criteria:

  • Have been in the U.S. as an F-1/F-2, or J-1/J-2 Student for less than 5 calendar years
  • Have been in the U.S. as a J-1/J-2 non-student for less than 2 calendar years
  • Have been in H-1B status for less than 183 days during the past year.
  • Did not obtain Permanent Residency status (Green Card) at any time in the past year.
  • Did not obtain U.S. Citizenship at any time in the past year.

If you did not make any income and meet the criteria, the only form you need to file is Form 8843.

File your tax report

  • As a non-resident, you do not need to report or pay taxes on University Graduate Scholarship (UGS) awards. The UGS is not considered income if you are a non-resident alien.
  • You do not need to complete a State Income Tax Return.
  • You do not need a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). If you have one, however, include it on your form.
  • Do not use tax filing programs (such as Sprintax) to fill out the Form 8843.
  • Complete the following sections of Form 8843:
    • Your name
    • Both address fields (US and non-US)
    • Part I
    • Part III
    • Sign and date the second page
  • If you have a dependent with you in the US, complete a Form 8843 for them, too.
  • Mail the Form 8843 to the address listed on the form.
  • Complete the following sections of Form 8843:
    • Your name
    • Both address fields (US and non-US)
    • Part I
    • Part II
    • Sign and date the second page
  • If you have a dependent with you in the US, complete a Form 8843 for them, too.
  • Mail the Form 8843 to the address listed on the form.

Need Assistance?

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Andrea Siouris

Advisor, International Services

If you need assistance with the Form 8843, email Andrea and put "8843 Help" in the subject of your email.