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Can a J1 visa claim Child Tax Credit and EIC?

Hi, I'm a J1 visa holder and have residency status for tax purposes. I'm filing my taxes as married filing jointly and I'd like to claim my son (J2 without SSN or ITIN) as my dependent. Am I eligible for the Child Tax Credit and EIC? My son does not have the ITIN yet, but I'm planning to file my taxes by mail along with the W7 form. Is that correct? Appreciate any help on this. Thanks a lot! 

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MaryK4
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Can a J1 visa claim Child Tax Credit and EIC?

No, unfortunately, you may not claim the child tax credit for a child with an ITIN. The child must have an SSN to be a qualifying child eligible for the child tax credit (CTC), additional child tax credit (ACTC), refundable child tax credit (RCTC) or the nonrefundable child tax credit (NCTC).

 

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CANP
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Can a J1 visa claim Child Tax Credit and EIC?

Thank you so much! So in this case do I need to mention my son in the taxes or should leave the dependent part blank?

DMarkM1
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Can a J1 visa claim Child Tax Credit and EIC?

No, you should include your dependent son on your return filed with the W7 as he may qualify for the "Other Dependent Credit" up to $500 on your return.

 

Here is an IRS News Release for reference.

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