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 8–12 weeks. You are encouraged to apply for ITIN during the first quarter at Stanford.
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.
There are three options for applying for the ITIN.
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 this form: Letter of No Employment. 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.
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 request a Letter of No Employment.
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.
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 The local SSA Office will process the SSN application even though your ITIN has not yet been rescinded, but according to IRS regulations an individual should not posses both an ITIN and an SSN. To request that your ITIN be rescinded, contact the IRS (ITIN unit) after your have received the SSN and inform them of your new SSN.