International students

International student admissions

An international student is defined as someone who is not a U.S. citizen or U.S. immigrant and is seeking admission to Minnesota State Community and Technical College. Permanent residents, refugees and political asylees must complete only the general admissions process, not the international student admissions process.

International student admissions process

I-20 forms authorizing admittance into the United States for educational purposes will be issued when all admission requirements have been met. Qualified international students must apply and submit all required documents by the deadline to be considered for acceptance to M State. For a detailed admission requirements checklist please view the International Student Requirements Packet below.

Admissions deadlines: (All documents needed for acceptance must be received by M State prior to the deadlines listed below)

  • Spring semester deadlines: Dec. 1 for "in-status" applicants already in the U.S. transferring from another institution.
  • Summer semester deadlines: International students will not be admitted to Summer term.
  • Fall semester deadlines: Aug. 1 for "in-status" applicants already in the U.S. transferring from another institution.

Tax information for international students

Are international students required to file with the IRS?

All non-immigrant international students who were in the United States during a calendar year (any time between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31) are required to file tax documents with the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 15 of the following year. (For example, students in the country for all or a portion of 2018 must file taxes in 2019.) You must file a tax report whether or not you worked in the United States, earned income in the United States or received a scholarship.

Where can I get tax assistance?

If you have general questions about filing taxes, contact the Designated School Official (DSO) on your campus. We cannot provide tax or legal advice, however, so you may need to seek professional help from a tax preparer for assistance with specific tax issues or questions. You may find answers to some of your questions on the IRS website.

What forms will I need to complete as an international student?

If you were in the United States for even a day during the calendar year but earned NO income, you need to complete Form 8843 and mail it to the IRS (the address is listed below) on or before April 15.

Form 8843 and Form 8843 instructions

If you were in the United States during the prior year and earned ANY income, you must complete Forms 8843 and 1040NR EZ and mail both forms together to the IRS.

Form 1040NR EZ and Form 1040NR EZ instructions

If this is your sixth year in the United States and you have lived in the United States for five consecutive years without a break, you are considered a resident alien for tax purposes only and can complete the standard federal and state tax forms.

Where do I send my tax forms?

Remember to make copies of your tax documents before you mail them to:

Department of the Treasury
Internal Revenue Service
Austin, TX 73301-0215

Will I need to file Minnesota tax forms?

Information and instructions for filing nonresident Minnesota state tax forms is available on the Minnesota State Tax Information website.

For general questions, contact our enrollment team by phone/text at 877.450.3322 or email at