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My wife is currently in Pakistan and I want to file married jointly because it will get me a better tax refund. I want to get her an ITIN number and found that I need her original passport or a certified copy. The issue is that she doesn't have easy access to an embassy near her to get her passport certified. She went to DHL a few days ago and they said that it is illegal to mail a passport. 

 

What are my options? Can I just have her mail the passport and lie to the shipping company about the contents of the package? Or would it be better to have a friend bring her passport along when coming to the US and hand it to me in person? 

 

I haven't started here I-130 yet so she's definitely not going to be able to come here herself. 

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27 minutes ago, muh316 said:

My wife is currently in Pakistan and I want to file married jointly because it will get me a better tax refund. I want to get her an ITIN number and found that I need her original passport or a certified copy. The issue is that she doesn't have easy access to an embassy near her to get her passport certified. She went to DHL a few days ago and they said that it is illegal to mail a passport. 

 

What are my options? Can I just have her mail the passport and lie to the shipping company about the contents of the package? Or would it be better to have a friend bring her passport along when coming to the US and hand it to me in person? 

 

I haven't started here I-130 yet so she's definitely not going to be able to come here herself. 

I had a friend of my husbands that was traveling back to USA bring his and mail it to me, and when I got it back on my next visit I took it back to him.

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41 minutes ago, muh316 said:

My wife is currently in Pakistan and I want to file married jointly because it will get me a better tax refund. I want to get her an ITIN number and found that I need her original passport or a certified copy. The issue is that she doesn't have easy access to an embassy near her to get her passport certified. She went to DHL a few days ago and they said that it is illegal to mail a passport. 

 

What are my options? Can I just have her mail the passport and lie to the shipping company about the contents of the package? Or would it be better to have a friend bring her passport along when coming to the US and hand it to me in person? 

 

I haven't started here I-130 yet so she's definitely not going to be able to come here herself. 

She can go to nearest US consulate or ISL embassy for notarization. They will do it free. You need to fill w-7 and she needs to sign it and  take it with her. After that she can mail you notarized copy and w-7 so you  can mail that to IRS. Make sure you write US address. You receive ITIN in 2 weeks by mail.

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