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Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN)

New F-1 or J-1 students, please wait 30 days after your I-20/DS-2019 program start date before completing the Letter of No Employment Request form with Bechtel or applying for an ITIN.

Current ITIN application processing time by the IRS is approximately 812 weeks. You are encouraged to apply for ITIN during the first quarter at Stanford.

Applying for an ITIN

If you are not eligible to apply for a Social Security Number, you are required to apply for an ITIN to file your tax returns.

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There are three options for applying for the ITIN.

Option 1

You may visit the nearest IRS- Tax Payer Assistance Center or Authorized Certified Acceptance Agent. In this visit, please take with you the Form W-7, visa documents (passport, I-20/DS2019, I-94), and a letter of no employment. Please request the letter of no employment from Bechtel International Center by completing the Letter of No Employment request available from 'My Student Home' in Bechtel Connect. An IRS Authorized agent will assist you in completing your application and filing it with the IRS. This option is the most effective and is highly recommended by the Bechtel International Center.

Option 2

You may choose to file your federal tax return and your W-7 ITIN application simultaneously. While this seems like a convenient option, we do caution against it. In this option, you must also submit your original passport or a copy of your passport certified by your home country’s consulate which can be difficult to obtain. Please do not send the IRS your original passport. Instructions for filing in this manner can be found through Sprintax Tax Prep. You may need to complete a Letter of No Employment request available from 'My Student Home' in Bechtel Connect.

Option 3

You may obtain an ITIN from abroad and you can obtain specific information of this process through the IRS ITIN Abroad. We cannot issue letters of no employment for J1 scholars or their dependents.


If I become eligible for an SSN after obtaining an ITIN, what should I do?

The local Social Security Administration Office will consider your request for an SSN if you provide evidence of eligibility. The local SSA Office will process the SSN application even though your ITIN has not yet been rescinded, but according to IRS regulations an individual should not possess both an ITIN and an SSN. To request that your ITIN be rescinded, contact the IRS (ITIN unit) after your have received the SSN and inform them of your new SSN.