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  • Certified Indian passport copy for ITIN (How to get it ?)

    Hi folks,

    We'll be shortly moving to CA, and in order to be eligible for tax exemption available on dependents,I'd be applying for ITIN for my child.
    However I came to know that the recent changes in the ITIN application process mandates submitting the passport either in original or in the
    form of a certified copy
    The original passport could then be retained for sometime. As you can now guess, I'd choose not to submit any original
    document. But I also don't know how to procure a certified copy of the passport.

    Do you have any pointers? Can this be obtained from the Indian embassy in the US?

    -thanks

  • #2
    Need to know the procedure/forms to fill to get certified passport copy for ITIN

    Hi,

    Iam also in the same situation.

    My wife is in India and we want to get a certified passport copy for ITIN in USA.

    Kindly share the procedure/forms asap.

    Thanks,
    Rajesh

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    • #3
      Originally posted by santoshb View Post
      Hi folks,

      We'll be shortly moving to CA, and in order to be eligible for tax exemption available on dependents,I'd be applying for ITIN for my child.
      However I came to know that the recent changes in the ITIN application process mandates submitting the passport either in original or in the
      form of a certified copy
      The original passport could then be retained for sometime. As you can now guess, I'd choose not to submit any original
      document. But I also don't know how to procure a certified copy of the passport.

      Do you have any pointers? Can this be obtained from the Indian embassy in the US?

      -thanks
      Hi Santosh,

      Did you get answer to your above question? i also need to apply ITIN for my son but my tax consultant told that even certified copies from consulate are also getting rejected as there does not seem to be any provision of certified copy for passport? i believe only option is to send the original passport with certified mail with return receipt for safety purpose.

      Regards
      Rajesh

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      • #4
        I'm also in the same situation. Can any one tell me the procedure.

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        • #5
          Find a notary nearby and get a certified copy of the data page of passport from them.
          This is my opinion and not legal advice.

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          • #6
            IRS has specifically mentioned that notarized copies are not accepted anymore so going to a notary won't work anymore.

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            • #7
              That's too bad, why do you need it? Because from what I understand ITIN application has to accompany a return and this is not a return filing season.
              This is my opinion and not legal advice.

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              • #8
                I'm in the same boat too. infact, my wife's application for ITIN was rejected since I submitted a notarized copy of the passport. I called IRS and they said the embassy should be able to certify the passport.



                I have not done it yet.

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                • #9
                  Anyone got certify copy of passport?
                  If so, please let us know the process and procedures.

                  Do we need to get the visa page certified too. Pls advise.

                  I am yet to get my son's passport certified.
                  Appreciate if you can help on this regards.

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone got certified Passport from Washington DC

                    I already got rejection from IRS for my wife's ITIN, because of notarized passport.


                    Can some please tell, at what time we need to go to embassy.
                    what are the requirements?


                    any suggestions/ help will really appreciable.


                    Thanks,

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                    • #11
                      Procedure to get certified passport copy

                      We have to obtain the certified copy of the passport from Indian Consulate serving the state. I am staying in Texas. So, I need to apply for certified copy of passport from CGI (Consulate General of India) Houston.

                      For those Indians staying in Arkansas Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas:
                      Look for MISCELLANEOUS SERVICES. Fill the form and provide passport size photograph and copy of the passport. There is some charge involved in this. I am going to apply for certified passport copy for my wife next week. I will then post the complete procedure after applying certified copy.

                      For those Indians living in other states in US, please find your Indian consulate in http://www.immihelp.com/directory/in...ulatesusa.html.

                      Regards
                      Anand VG
                      Last edited by Anand Vg; 01-01-2013, 07:12 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Hi Anand,

                        Did you find out the process?

                        Thanks
                        Guru

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                        • #13
                          Certied Copy

                          I checked in Indian Embassy New York Website. I found only option to get attestation only. I didn't find anything to get certified copy in miscellaneous service.

                          Please let me know if anyone get certified copy of the passport.

                          Regards
                          Nataraj

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                          • #14
                            I am also in the process of applying ITIN for my wife.
                            The following is mentioned in the W7 instructions:
                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            In person. You can apply for an ITIN by bringing your
                            completed forms and documentation to any IRS Taxpayer
                            Assistance Center in the United States or IRS office abroad.
                            Designated IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers will be able to
                            verity passports and National ID documents and return them
                            immediately.
                            Information on our overseas offices can be found in
                            Pub. 1915 or at IRS.gov.

                            Through acceptance agent. You also can apply through an
                            acceptance agent authorized by the IRS. An acceptance agent
                            can help you complete and file Form W-7. To get a list of agents,
                            visit IRS.gov and enter “acceptance agent program” in the
                            search box at the top of the page.
                            ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

                            But when I visited the IRS office to submit in person, the official rejected the request
                            and still asked for original passport or certified copy to be sent via mail to the IRS office in Texas

                            And on the second option, some HR block agents are listed at acceptance agent, but they also
                            confirmed that IRS will not accept their authorization.

                            So basically the instructions in W7 are not valid.
                            Hence the only option is to visit the Indian consulate to get the certified copy.
                            Since the consulate website mentions only about attestation, hope IRS accepts the attested copy as certified copy.

                            Do anyone else have suggestion of which other documents can be sent?

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                            • #15
                              ntneo,
                              Can you confirm whether you visited one of the IRS offices ?

                              I am staying in PA, there is no office given in PA in this link, so I was planning to take one day leave and drive to an NJ office nearby.
                              I do not want to mail the passports, so just wanted to know whether it is worth to go in person.

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