Frequently Asked Questions
The IRS provides a number of interactive tax tools that can assist interested individuals in determining eligibility to file taxes and on what form; please see the links below.
Exchange visitors who do not meet the IRS definition of "resident alien" are not eligible to receive funds as part of the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act,” or the “CARES Act." Grossly simplified, exchange visitors cannot even begin to accumulate the time in the United States required to become a "resident alien" until they have been present in the country for two years. So, exchange visitors here on shorter programs would not be considered resident aliens and should not get a Recovery Rebate. However, if those exchange visitors filed their tax returns on the wrong form, then they may have mistakenly received the Recovery Rebates anyway.