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Just wondering if anyone has gotten an ITIN number. We are just in the process of filing the I-130 and I-485. Eventually, my spouse will be eligible for a SS number...just not sure how long it would take. Is it recommended in the meantime to get an ITIN number so we can file joint tax returns? I read on the ITIN form it says not to request one if one is eligible for a SS number.

Also, it says a certified copy of a US Visa is needed. Does anyone know how to go about doing this?

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Just wondering if anyone has gotten an ITIN number. We are just in the process of filing the I-130 and I-485. Eventually, my spouse will be eligible for a SS number...just not sure how long it would take. Is it recommended in the meantime to get an ITIN number so we can file joint tax returns? I read on the ITIN form it says not to request one if one is eligible for a SS number.

Also, it says a certified copy of a US Visa is needed. Does anyone know how to go about doing this?

I got an ITIN for a minor. The requirement not to apply for ITIN if eligible for SSN means don't file for ITIN if you are eligible for SSN at the time of filing, not some future date.

As for the visa, I included the entire passport in the application package. This had the entry stamp (B-2).

It took about two months to get the ITIN and the passport back. About a year later, I wrote to the IRS with the minor's SSN and asked them to rescind the ITIN.

Good luck.

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Indeed it is and I spent two months stressing about which one, the IRS or USPS, would lose it.

It worked out in the end.

i had to get one while in limbo. my grandmother in law could not believe that they'd expect you to go so long without id

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Oh wow. Is there a way to send a certified copy of one? Crazy to have to be without your only identification.

it depends on your country rules. for example, I could only obtain a certified copy from the passport issuing office in person. i would have had to go to either Miami or Atlanta.

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i had to get one while in limbo. my grandmother in law could not believe that they'd expect you to go so long without id

It was a bit easier with a minor who doesn't drive or work but the process of getting an ITIN is very poor.

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ITIN is possible even if planning to immigrate later or in process but will not have SSN for length of time.

My husband and I did this for him for me to file married for my taxes. I also filed for I130 before applying for ITIN in March.

We also did not send his passport, but he went to Embassy and they verified passport. Each Embassy is different about this, so that will need to be checked.

But if you are doing AOS, sending original passport within country not so bad compared to out of country.

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