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FAQ > Do non-resident aliens need an ITIN?

Yes, nonresident aliens need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) if they are required to file a U.S. tax return with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Fortunately, requesting an ITIN is convenient. You can complete a W7 online form.

Who needs an ITIN?

ITINs are used by individuals who file federal income tax returns that are not eligible for a Social Security Number (SSN) from the Social Security Administration. Online international residents and other foreign nationals need an ITIN. While there are many situations that may require an ITIN, most people need a fall into one of the few categories.

  • You are a U.S. resident alien filing a federal income tax return.
  • You are a nonresident alien who is required to file a U.S. tax return with the IRS.
  • You are a dependent or spouse of a U.S. citizen or resident alien.
  • You are a dependent or spouse of a nonresident foreign visa holder.

Both individuals who need an ITIN, but do not have one and individuals who have an ITIN that is about to expire or expired must file a federal W7 form. Complete this process quickly and easily using simple online application process.

Uses an ITIN other than taxes

People who are not eligible for social security numbers can also use an ITIN to build a credit history. The number can be used to apply for credit cards, auto loans and other types of credit with U.S. banks. Not all banks accept applicants who have an ITIN, in order to verify that you are eligible before starting an application.

How to apply for an ITIN

Thanks to the convenient services of, declaring an ITIN online is easier than ever. You can download and complete a blank IRS W7; however, many applicants find simple, fill out the online form faster and easier to complete. Before submitting a W7 form, review the form's step-by-step instructions, including the required documents.


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