Beware of Treaties in Connection with Immigration Matters

CIS — (CIS)-I am frequently being reminded of the non-wisdom of using treaties to sort out immigration and immigrant policies. This occurs to me in the course of some springtime volunteer work I do, helping grad students at a Washington-area university with their income tax returns. (By immigration policy I mean decisions about the admission or non-admission of migrants; immigrant policy, in contrast, deals with how governments handle migrants after they have arrived.) Many of those with whom I discuss income taxes are from abroad, including many from China and India. Students from these nations, usually on F-1 visas, benefit from what are supposed to be equal-treatment clauses in tax treaties. [Read More]