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OIS NEWS – 2/11/2020

International Student, Scholar, and Employee Tax Obligations and Support - Filing Deadline, July 15

Updated: April 21, 2020

Each UIC international student, scholar, and employee present in the U.S. during calendar year 2019 must file at least one tax document with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to meet their tax filing obligation and properly maintain immigration status. Individuals who earned U.S.-based income must file additional documentation. The general deadline for 2019 tax filings has been extended to July 15, 2020.


While the Office of International Services cannot directly advise individuals on their specific tax filing obligations, the office has organized two valuable resources for the UIC international community:


Sprintax Tax Preparation Software

OIS will again provide the UIC international community with discounted access to Sprintax, the online tax prep software for non-residents in the U.S. Get help filing your personal U.S. federal and state tax returns and access Sprintax’s tax education library.


  • Current UIC international students and scholars - Access the Sprintax software by logging into your portal using your NetID and password. In the search bar in the upper right corner, type “OSSS Applications.” In the OSSS Applications portlet, click “OIS Tax Service” for complete instructions.
  • F-1 students currently on OPT, J-1 students on Academic Training and UIC International Employees - OIS has sent an email to the addresses we have on file for you which contains the instructions for accessing Sprintax. If you have not received this email and believe you should, please contact us at with your full name and UIN.


Tax Workshop for International Students, Exchange Visitors and Employees

During this workshop a local tax professional will provide an overview of non-immigrant tax responsibilities and filing requirements. Please note that this workshop is general in focus and not intended to provide one-on-one tax preparation services or advice nor will it cover how to use the Sprintax tax preparation software.


Workshop Dates:


Thursday, Feb. 27 | 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, 1200 West Harrison Street, Conference Room ABC

Monday, March 30 | 3-5 p.m. - CANCELLED
Student Center East, 750 South Halsted Street, Cardinal Room (3rd Floor)

Wednesday, April 1 | 2-4 p.m. - Online Webinar
Please register online to receive meeting access information.

Thursday, May 21 | 12-2 p.m. - Online Webinar
Please register online to receive meeting access information.

This workshop is open to UIC international students, exchange visitors, employees and alumni on OPT. To participate, please click your preferred date above and complete the online registration form.

Questions? Feel free to contact the Office of International Services.