Immigration Laws and Regulations
This is the law regarding immigration and naturalization. Part 214.2 (f) is specifically for non-immigrant classes.
Federal Income Tax Information
Tax Information for Foreign Students and Scholars
Foreigners temporarily present in the United States as students, scholars, teachers, researchers, exchange visitors, and cultural exchange visitors are subject to special rules with respect to the taxation of their income. We hold tax workshops for international and exchange students every Spring. Please talk with the Center for International Education if you have any questions. We are not tax professionals, so some of your questions may be a little complex and we will refer you to a tax professional.
The University at Buffalo has a lot of information on their website about how to file taxes. You can read the presentations, or you can listen to them online. Please note that there may be some information that only applies to UB students.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
The Department of Homeland Security is the government body regulating all matters related to immigration. Effective March 1, 2003, the functions of the former INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) were moved into 3 Bureaus within the Department of Homeland Security.
- BCIS - The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS/USCIS) is now responsible for most of the applications and petition adjudications that had been done by INS. These would include change of non-immigrant status, authorization for off-campus work programs, reinstatement to status, etc. You can refer to a list of USCIS Forms and Fees along with instructions about who can apply for different benefits and how.
- ICE - The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for immigration investigations, detention, removal, intelligence and SEVIS.
- CBP - Customs and Border Protection is responsible for immigration inspections at U.S. ports of entry, for the Border patrol, and for the Customs Service.
- Information on US Visas
- US-VISIT Information on who must enroll in U.S. VISIT and the processes used. There are also multilingual brochures (in 16 different languages!)
- Great Information for International Students (SEVIS approved schools, Maintaining your F-1 or J-1 status (in multiple languages!), Important documents, Travel, Employment, Links to Government sites, Tax and Immigration information)