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    Apr 9, 2007, 03:56 PM
    H1B VISA holder, Wife on F1 without SSN
    Hi,

    I am working on an H1B VISA in VA and got married in 2006. My wife is on a F1 student VISA in RI and does not have any earnings. I want to claim her as a dependent , but since she does not have a job, hence no SSN. What would be the procedure to follow in this case to claim her as a dependent. Is an ITIN number needed? If yes, then how to get it?
    We are both Indians by nationality.

    Thanks !
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    Apr 17, 2007, 12:18 PM
    You CAN claim her as a dependent, and you will get the ITIN by filing a Form W-7 with your tax return.

    However, a BETTER option is to file jointly and have you BOTH choose to be treated as resident aliens for ALL of 2006. You get an additional $5,150 standard deduction that way.
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    Apr 17, 2007, 12:26 PM
    Thanks a lot ! That is what I ended up doing :)
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    Apr 21, 2007, 07:43 AM
    Glad to help!

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