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 2016
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
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 18.
Completed forms must be mailed to:
Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215, U.S.A.