You can only get a Social Security Number (SSN) if you are employed.
F-1/J-1 students are eligible if they have one of the following:
If you are a new international student this semester, you cannot apply for a SSN until your SEVIS record has been “registered” or activated to verify that you have arrived on campus and are enrolled full-time at ISU.
207 North Williamsburg Drive, Bloomington, IL
Connect Transit: If you are riding Connect Transit, you can take the Red bus to Eastland Mall. At Eastland Mall, you will transfer to the Teal bus. Once on the Teal bus, you will get off at the intersection of Prospect and Maloney. You will then walk east on Maloney and turn left onto Williamsburg Drive. Hours are listed below:
Remember to request a receipt for your SSN application. You should receive your SSN card in 2-3 weeks.
All international students, scholars, and employees in non-immigrant visa categories (e.g. F-1, J-1, or H-1B) are required by U.S. law to file tax forms in the spring regardless of whether they have had a job or not. This can include filing a federal tax return and a state tax return, depending on the individual’s situation. International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) purchases Glacier Tax Prep software to assist international students and scholars in preparing their federal tax return.
You may access the Glacier Tax Prep program—this information will be sent to you by early February to your ISU email account. If you have graduated or no longer have access to your ISU email account, please contact ISSS by emailing InternationalStudents@IllinoisState.edu and include your name and UID. If you are required to file both a federal and state tax return, you must complete your federal form before you complete your state form. See information under W-2 for completing the state tax return.
Taxes can be very complicated. The tax specialist Brenda Banwart and ISSS cannot prepare your forms for you. The Glacier Tax Prep program has help screens and an email address to assist with most questions. The tax specialist can provide you with your residency status for tax and can answer general questions about taxes. ISSS acts as the facilitator for purchasing the tax program and providing access for students; we are not able to answer any tax questions for you.
Glacier Tax prep will help you with the following:
You will need to have the following with you:
All international students, even if they have no income, must report to the IRS. You will be filing a Form 8843 with the IRS that is due by June 15.
You will be required to file federal and state tax returns. You will need to use the Glacier Tax Prep program to complete the Substantial Presence Test (SPT) to determine if you have been in the U.S. long enough to be considered a resident for tax purposes. If it is determined that you are a resident alien for tax purposes, you will visit IRS.gov to file the federal 1040 or 1040EZ form. If you are a nonresident alien for tax purposes, you will file a Form 1040NR or (if eligible) a Form 1040NR-EZ as well as a Form 8843 to complete your Federal Tax Return. Glacier will be able to help you complete all of these federal tax forms.
You will also need to file an Illinois tax return. Be sure to visit the Illinois Department of Revenue website for further details or click on one of the links below.
You are required to submit both your federal and state tax return by April 15.
You will be required to file a federal tax return. You only need to file a state return if you have earned income. You will receive a 1042-S if you have a scholarship or fellowship that is covered by a treaty benefit or if you had taxes withheld. Qualified scholarship payments (tuition & fees) are not taxable unless you are employed as an administrative GA. If you do not receive your 1042-S and/or W-2 form, contact the tax specialist Brenda Banwart at email@example.com for guidance.
You should receive your earnings statements either in a form 1042-S or W-2. You should not file your 1040NR with the IRS until you receive all forms. W-2s are distributed by the end of January; 1042-S forms are distributed by March 15. You will need to complete a 1040NR and send it to the IRS.
You must have a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) number to file your taxes. To receive a SSN, you must show proof of employment (see the How do I apply for a SSN section above for further details). If you are not employed, you must apply for an ITIN. ITIN applications can be submitted at the IRS office in Bloomington. You must make an appointment by calling the Taxpayer Assistance Center. Please see the IRS website for contact information. It can take 2-3 months for processing, so please apply early! You will need to bring your passport, visa, federal tax return, and W-7 form requesting the ITIN with you to your appointment.