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How to Apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

When should students apply for an ITIN?

We strongly recommend applying as soon as possible since the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) usually takes up to 2 - 3 months to process ITIN applications and students must receive their ITIN early enough to file taxes before the deadline in April.

Please be aware: Students who apply for an ITIN at the same time as they file their tax forms will be required to submit their actual passport, F-1 or J-1 visa and I-20 or DS-2019. These documents will not be returned to the student until the ITIN application is processed. This often causes problems for travel plans during break periods.

Application Requirements

  • Must be in the U.S.
    • New students are not eligible to apply for an ITIN until approximately two weeks after the start of their first semester of study.
  • Must hold active F-1 or J-1 status
  • Cannot be employed or have a job offer

How to apply for an ITIN

Gather and, as necessary, complete the following documents, then mail the entire packet in the order listed below to:

Internal Revenue Service
ITIN Operations
P.O. Box 149342
Austin, TX 78714-9342

  1. Certification Letter
    1. Go to InterLink
    2. Log in using your Miami UniqueID and password
    3. Complete the e-form “ITIN Certification Letter Request”
    4. After you are notified by email or in InterLink that your request is approved, pick up your letter at the ISSS front desk, MacMillan Hall 2nd floor.
  2. Completed W-7 application form
    1. It’s very important that you follow the Instructions for Form W-7
  3. Copy of passport ID page(s)
  4. Copy of F-1 or J-1 visa
  5. Copy of I-20 or DS-2019
  6. Copy of I-94 record
  7. Required documentation for Exception 1 or 2, as applicable
    1. See Exception tables in the Instructions for Form W-7 and
    2. If you need “a letter or official notification from the college or university awarding the noncompensatory scholarship, fellowship, or grant”  you may find that in your Miami University acceptance packet or from the Bursar’s office:
  8. If you have a tax treaty, you must also submit a W-8BEN with your application.

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