Taxes & Legal Matters

Your U.S. Tax Responsibilities

All international students and scholars are required to file a U.S. tax return.   If you receive U.S. source income, including wages, stipend, or scholarship funds, you will have a tax liability for that income.

Rights & Responsibilities

Become familiar with your legal rights and responsibilities.


OISS advisers can provide legal referrals, and are available to listen confidentially, provide guidance and discuss any concerns you may have. However, we are not in a position to offer legal advice. 

While it is unlikely that you will encounter any legal difficulties, there are times in life when the unexpected happens. It is important, particularly in the case of any criminal charges or an arrest, that you seek sound counsel and understand clearly how it could affect immigration.