An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is issued to international students who are required to file federal taxes based on earnings received from an academic or athletic scholarship, but are ineligible for a Social Security Number. An ITIN is a nine-digit number assigned by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is used like a Social Security Number in the tax-filing process. If you do not receieve an academic or athletic scholarship OR if you are eligible to apply for a Social Security Number, you will not be eligible to apply for an ITIN.
How to Apply
You will need to bring the following documents to the Center for International Programs for assistance with submitting your application:
- Completed and signed Form W-7, Application for IRS Individual Taxpayer Identification Number
- Copy of Passport Identification Page
- Copy of F-1 visa
- Most recent I-94
- Letter of Support from the Center for International Programs
- Copy of scholarship award letter
Before submitting your application, have it reviewed by the Center for International Programs. You will need to mail the application and all supporting documents to the Internal Revenue Service. The application processing time is 4-7 weeks for the ITIN to arrive via mail to the mailing address listed on the application.