FAQ > If I am eligible for an SSN, am I eligible for an ITIN?
If you were born in another country and plan to live in the U.S. permanently, you can apply for a Social Security Number (SSN) after receiving government authorization. If you want to earn income in the U.S. and are only living and working here temporarily or teleworking from your home country, you are required to file tax returns. A Personal Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is required to do so and a form to apply for an ITIN W-7 must be filed with the IRS to obtain one. If you later become eligible to obtain an SSN and, your ITIN will no longer be valid and will not be needed.
What is used for the ITIN?
Income tax return and reporting are the most common applications for an ITIN and a W-7 form ITIN is used to apply for one.
Who is eligible for an ITIN?
- Non-resident aliens commission work or start a business in the U.S.
- Spouse or dependents of a foreign resident alien or nonresident U.S. visa holder
- Foreign workers who reside outside the U.S., but telework for a U.S. company.
- U.S. residents who are the trustees of a nonresident alien of the property, trust or estate
- Foreign nationals with U.S. taxable investment income, such as capital gains or dividends
- International students attending a U.S. college or university who receive salaries, tips, scholarships or grants
You can file tax returns using an ITIN until you get an SSN, and then the ITIN is no longer needed. If you are not eligible for an SSN, however, an ITIN renewal is required. The IRS will send you a notice telling you when to renew an ITIN, which expires when tax returns have not been filed for three consecutive years.
Request an ITIN
ITIN W-7 Application can start with our easy online ITIN application. Getting an ITIN allows you to earn revenue in the U.S. and our support team will help ensure the process does not have problems.