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Choosing the Appropriate Tax Form

To choose the Federal Tax form that is appropriate for you, you must know whether you are classified as "resident alien" or a "non-resident alien" for tax purposes. In general, international students are classified as non-residents for tax purposes, at least for the first 5 calendar years they are in the U.S. Scholars are classified as non-residents for the first 2 calendar years they are in the U.S.