Rights & Responsibilities
It is important to become familiar with your legal rights and responsibilities in the U.S. since norms can vary between cultures. All persons in the United States, including foreign nationals, have certain basic rights that must be respected by authorities, including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and local police.
Your Non-Immigrant Status
Each non-immigrant status (F-1, J-1, H-1B, etc.) have certain rights and obligations. Familiarize yourself with these requirements by viewing the “Maintaining Status” section of the web page for your visa status.
Tax Filing Requirements
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. For more information, click here.
Know your Rights in the U.S.
The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) has a well developed site discussing the rights of all who are present in the U.S. Again this information is not intended as legal advice, but is for informational purposes only.