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FAQ > If I am waiting for my SSN, should I file for your taxes under my ITIN?

If you are a non-citizen, it may take some time before you are eligible for a social security number (SSN). While waiting to get your SSN, you must provide an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) when reporting IRS income. An ITIN will no longer be necessary after obtaining your SSN. Until you meet each requirement for social security card eligibility, you must continue to use the ITIN to report your income and file your taxes. Once you have been assigned a social security number, your ITIN will expire and no longer be needed.

Who can get an SSN?

Non-citizens who can obtain a social security number are those who are authorized to work in the U.S. by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It may, however, also apply for an SSN if it can be shown that it is needed to accommodate a valid purpose other than income generation.

How can I earn income in the U.S. without a Social Security number?

If you have been authorized to work here by DHS, but have not yet reached SSN eligibility, you will need to apply for and obtain an ITIN to report income in the U.S.

In order to verify your identity and foreign citizenship, there are several important documents that are required for ITIN applications, which may include:

  • (Not expired) Valid passport to verify your identity and foreign status
  • Identification card issued by the U.S. government to verify your identity
  • Visa issued by the U.S. Department of State
  • Photo ID issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Civil birth certificate to verify your alien status
  • Foreign national or military identification card to verify your identity
  • Foreign voter registration, to verify country of residence

simplifying your first step

ITIN W-7 application makes getting an ITIN a headache free process. Visit our W-7 form instructions to learn more about this important first step in your ability to generate revenue in the U.S. Our support team will be able to help you and answer any questions.


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