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​​Tax Information for F-1 Students

If you have an F-1 visa and you did not work or receive any income in the U.S., you are legally obliged to file a Form 8843. If you worked or received a stipend, grant, or allowance in the U.S. you may also need to file a Form 1040NR-EZ.


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Notes for completing Form 8843

  • ALL F-1 students who were in the U.S. in 2019 for more than 30 days need to complete form 8843 (even if you did not work)

  • DUE JUNE 15, 2020 (if you are only submitting the 8843)

  • ​Mail to: Department of the Treasury

  • Internal Revenue Service Center

    Austin, TX 73301-0215

      • There is no way to submit this form online, it must be mailed to the address above


  • At the top of the form, write your name, home country address, and U.S. address

  • IF you have a Social Security Number, write it in the space for ‘U.S. taxpayer identification number’

    • If you do not have a Social Security Number, do not write anything in the space that says  ‘U.S. taxpayer identification number’

  • Part I:

    • 1a: F-1 and most recent date of entry (even if the most recent date was in 2020)

    • 1b: F-1

    • 2: country of citizenship

    • 3a: country where you got your passport

    • 3b: passport number

    • 4a: how many days were you in the U.S. in any status? List ALL days you were in the U.S.

      • For example, if you were here for 30 days on a tourist visa and then you returned in F-1 status for 30 days, you would write 60

    • 4b: how many days were you in the U.S. in 2019 in F-1 status? This number may be the same as 4a, or it may be different

  • Part II: Leave BLANK - do not write anything

  • Part III:

    • Line 9: Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310)434-4217

      • If you attended 2 schools, put the information of both schools

    • Line 10: Dean Press Nicolov, Santa Monica College, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405, (310)434-4217

    • Line 11: write the letter of the visa type you were on for each year you were in the U.S.

    • Line 12: were you in the U.S. as a student before 2015?

      • If yes, attach supporting documents showing that you were here before 2015 as a student (transcripts, letter from school, etc.)

    • Line 13: have you submitted an application for permanent resident/green card?

      • Entering green card lottery does not count;

    • Line 14: if you answered ‘yes’ to 13, explain

  • Part IV: Leave BLANK - do not write anything

  • Part V:  Leave BLANK - do not write anything

  • Sign and date the bottom of page 2