Q: Am I considered a resident or nonresident for tax purposes?

A: It depends on the length of time you were physically present in the U.S.

  • F-1, F-2, J-1 or J-2 students (not scholars) who were physically present in the U.S. for fewer than 5 calendar years as a student are probably considered nonresidents for tax purposes
  • J-1, J-2 Exchange Visitors in the Professor, Research and Short-term Scholar categories who were physically present in the U.S. for fewer than two calendar years are probably considered non-residents for tax purposes.
  • H-1B, H-4 visa holders: If you were physically present in the U.S. for more than 183 days in the prior calendar you are probably considered residents for tax purposes.
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Taxes for International Students and Scholars