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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?

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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

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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.


2013/05/03 Married

2013 CFO seminar to change name

2013 Passport issued in married name

USCIS

2015/06/27 Sent I-130

2015/06/29 Priority Date

2015/0701 NOA1

2015/08/05 NOA2

NVC

2015/08/17 Package received at NVC

2015/08/26 Received DS-261/AOS bill

2015/08/29 Sent AOS/IV

2015/08/31 AOS/IV scan date

2015/09/01 DS-260 submitted

2015/09/21 3 n/a (CC)

2015/09/28 Receive confirmation email of CC waiting interview date

2015/10/01 Interview date scheduled (P4)

Manila Embassy

2015/10/12 SLEC Medical, required to get doctor certificate and return the 30th.

2015/10/19 Went to hospital to get the doctors certificate for SLEC

2015/10/30 Appointment with doctor at SLEC for evaluation

2015/11/03 Completed medical

2015/11/05 Interview scheduled - APPROVED

2015/11/06 CEAC changed to issued

2015/11/11 Passport and visa delivered

2015/11/12 Passport stamped at CFO

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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.


 

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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 

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