Forms

You will need the W-2 form (more common) or the 1042-S (less common). Your institute will send you these forms by post mail or in a digital form. If you have been refunded of state tax in the previous year you will also receive by post mail the form 1099-G. These form will report the amount of state tax refunded to you in the previous year. If you did not receive the form 1099-G or you lost it, it will be enough to know the exact amount of state tax refunded to you in the previous year. New: From this year (2016) you might receive a form 1095, reporting details on your health coverage in 2015.
In order to declare your income, if you are a Nonresident alien (first two calendar years spent in U.S.) it is preferable to refill the form 1040NR-EZ (see instructions) for federal taxes and the form 540 NR short (see instructions) for Californian State Taxes.
If you are a Resident alien (more than two calendar years spent in US) it is preferable to refill the form 1040 (see instruction) for federal taxes and the form 540 (see instructions) for Californian State Taxes.

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