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Nearing the end of the year, and wondering about what to file on taxes for this year.  We were married in July in Moscow,  Started CR-1/2's also in July of course, my wife and daughters will not be here until Hopefully next year.  I read through the "Nonresident Alien Spouse" https://www.irs.gov/individuals/international-taxpayers/nonresident-alien-spouse and am just as confused.  They obviously don't have SSNs as of yet.   So what do we file as?



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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Denmark

You can either file a W7 for your wife to get an ITIN and file “married filing jointly” using the ITIN instead of an SSN (will take a few weeks and you’ll need to report her foreign income too of course), or you can file “married filing separately” where you’ll print out your tax forms, hand write “NRA” (for non-resident alien) where your wife’s SSN would usually go and mail it to the IRS (you won’t be able to file online with this, but only requires your income to be reported and probably the fastest/easiest way. OR if you meet the qualifications you can file as “head of household”. One thing to note is to absolutely not file as single, those are your only options 

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*~*~*moved from “IR-1/CR-1 spouse visa process and procedures” to “taxes and finances” where this question is often asked*~*~*

Timeline in brief:

Married: September 27, 2014

I-130 filed: February 5, 2016

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NOA2: July 21, 2016

Interview: December 6, 2016 London

POE: December 19, 2016 Las Vegas

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Oath: March 22, 2021 COVID-style same-day oath


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