Is the answer still valid in 2022? My spouse is in the US with a TD visa, but I understand that she cannot apply for an ITIN nor SSN because she is not allowed to work in the US.
I was reading the instructions to fill FORM W-7, and I understood that she cannot apply for a ITIN. However, I just re-read it, and it seems that she can:
"Who Is Eligible To Complete This
The following individuals are eligible to complete Form W-7.
1. Any individual who isn’t eligible to get an SSN but who
must furnish a taxpayer identification number for U.S. tax
purposes or to file a U.S. federal tax return must apply for an
ITIN on Form W-7. Examples include the following.
A dependent/spouse of a nonresident alien U.S. visa holder
who isn’t eligible for an SSN. See Pub. 519."
I will give it a try. I just need her ITIN to enroll her in my medical insurance policy, I hope it will work.
Any chance that you know any company that could help with the process?
@jorge-77 - do you live near an IRS office? might be quickest if she presents herself (and ncessary documents) there. others have posted on these boards that while the IRS requires an appointment, some have walked right in and walked out with the ITIN.