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Payments to Foreign Nationals

Foreign National Tax Status Review Appointments 

Purpose of Tax Status Review Appointments

The Foreign National Service Center (FNSC), in University Payroll & Benefits (UPB), offers tax status review appointments for foreign national employees to provide a more efficient means of processing tax forms and potential tax treaty benefits. FNSC offers mass appointments in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago, and individual appointments in Springfield. Per IRS regulations, employees’ federal taxes will be withheld at the highest possible rate until after they have completed the tax status review appointment.

UPB does NOT provide tax advice and does NOT assist with income tax returns at any time.

Requirements (Read ALL information below.)

  • Arrive at start time of appointment. Be prepared to stay for the duration of the appointment.
    • The sessions in Urbana-Champaign and Chicago last approximately 90 minutes, and the sessions in Springfield last approximately 30 minutes
  • Bring all originals and copies of the required documentation (see #1 and #2 below). You may be asked to reschedule if you arrive at the appointment without all required documentation.

How to Complete a Foreign National Tax Status Review Appointment

  1. Complete Foreign National Tax Information Form either electronically, or with a blue or black ink pen.
  2. Prior to your arrival at your scheduled appointment, make PHOTO COPIES from a copy machine of all required documentation based on your previous and current visa types.
  • Social Security Number (SSN) card, Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or Receipt of Application
  • Passport ID page
  • Passport renewal page
  • All U.S. entry visas
  • All U.S. entry stamps
  • I-94 record (electronic, or front and back of card)
  • Offer letter, or Notice of Appointment (if available)
  • F-1 Visas: All I-20s (all pages)
  • F-1 Visas: Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or Optional Practical Training (if applicable)
  • J-1 Visas: All DS-2019s
  • H-1B Visas: I-797 (original not required)
  • Any documentation for change of status
  1. Register for a Tax Status Review Appointment at your university below. If you are not located at one of the main universities below, or are having difficulties scheduling an appointment, please contact our office.

Contact the Foreign National Service Center

Urbana-Champaign Chicago Springfield
217-265-6363 312-996-7200 217-206-7144

Last Updated: July 10, 2019

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