Jump to content
Lee & Lei

How to obtain an ITIN? (certified passport copy question)

5 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

So my wife and I got married early in 2016. Next year I want to file MFJ for 2016's taxes, and to do that I need to get an ITIN for my wife. We are just beginning the I-130 process, so it will be a long while before she has a SSN.

We both live abroad in Kuwait, but there is a Philippine Embassy readily available. Would we be able to go to the Phil Embassy for them to certify a photocopy of it? I really hope so because otherwise our only option is to DHL her passport itself, and I do not trust the IRS not to lose it. =\

Does anyone have any experience with this?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So my wife and I got married early in 2016. Next year I want to file MFJ for 2016's taxes, and to do that I need to get an ITIN for my wife. We are just beginning the I-130 process, so it will be a long while before she has a SSN.

We both live abroad in Kuwait, but there is a Philippine Embassy readily available. Would we be able to go to the Phil Embassy for them to certify a photocopy of it? I really hope so because otherwise our only option is to DHL her passport itself, and I do not trust the IRS not to lose it. =\

Does anyone have any experience with this?

the embassy should be willing to do this for you yes

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So my wife and I got married early in 2016. Next year I want to file MFJ for 2016's taxes, and to do that I need to get an ITIN for my wife. We are just beginning the I-130 process, so it will be a long while before she has a SSN.

We both live abroad in Kuwait, but there is a Philippine Embassy readily available. Would we be able to go to the Phil Embassy for them to certify a photocopy of it? I really hope so because otherwise our only option is to DHL her passport itself, and I do not trust the IRS not to lose it. =\

Does anyone have any experience with this?

Passport is the only stand alone document. There are other documents that also meet the requirements. We used Philippine drivers license and birth certificate.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12/17/2016 at 7:51 AM, knightofdight said:

So my wife and I got married early in 2016. Next year I want to file MFJ for 2016's taxes, and to do that I need to get an ITIN for my wife. We are just beginning the I-130 process, so it will be a long while before she has a SSN.

We both live abroad in Kuwait, but there is a Philippine Embassy readily available. Would we be able to go to the Phil Embassy for them to certify a photocopy of it? I really hope so because otherwise our only option is to DHL her passport itself, and I do not trust the IRS not to lose it. =\

Does anyone have any experience with this?

 

I would just photocopy the passport. 
You can possibly get it certified, but I know someone who did it with just the photocopy. 
In any case,  certifying it won't hurt. 
You submit the W-7 when you send in your 1040.


 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 minutes ago, mrtravel said:

 

I would just photocopy the passport. 
You can possibly get it certified, but I know someone who did it with just the photocopy. 
In any case,  certifying it won't hurt. 
You submit the W-7 when you send in your 1040.


 

I know a few who have tried that and it was indeed rejected 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×