The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a tax processing number used by the US government’s tax division: the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You need an ITIN if you are not eligible for a Social Security Number so that you can meet your tax filing obligations. An ITIN is used primarily for tax filing purposes and is not a form of work authorization.
An ITIN is required for international students who are receiving non-employment based income (such as scholarships, dividends, royalties, etc.) and do not have a Social Security Number.
For students receiving scholarships, fellowships or grants from NYU, your department should help you fill out the proper paperwork in Glacier so that you can start the ITIN process. If your department has not helped you file through Glacier, please reach out to NYU Tax Services at firstname.lastname@example.org so they can help you start the process to get an ITIN.
For students receiving a US-sourced scholarship, fellowship, or grant that is not from NYU, please follow the steps below. You should also follow this process if you or your dependents received any passive income (like earnings gained from gambling, rental properties, etc.) and you don’t otherwise qualify for or have a Social Security number.
Go to our Tax page to follow the instructions for filing federal taxes. Use the Glacier Tax Prep (GTP) link to initiate the process. GTP will ask you a series of questions that will identify you as needing an ITIN. Once you have completed answering the questions, GTP will provide you with the Form W-7 you need for your ITIN application and will prompt you to come to OGS for your No Employment Letter to submit as part of your ITIN application to the US government. Note: GTP is available from February to June. Consult a tax professional if you need help to file taxes outside this period.
* The OGS advisor will hold on to copies of your immigration documents. Original documents will be returned.
An OGS advisor must view your original immigration documents in person in order to provide you with the No Employment Letter needed for your application. Your immigration documents must be valid and cannot be expired. Processing time for a Certification Letter is about 5 business days. OGS will email you when the Certification Letter is ready for pick up, and will provide further instructions.
Review your No Employment Letter to ensure your name and SEVIS ID are correct. Make suggested changes to your W-7 if indicated in our pick up email.
Mail your documents to the Internal Revenue Service. Your application must be postmarked by the tax filing deadline. Processing times for ITIN applications are typically 5 weeks with longer processing times during peak tax season.
Once your ITIN application has been approved by the IRS and you receive the card in the mail, please visit one of the NYU StudentLink Centers with your physical ITIN card to update your information. You will need to bring the original document with you in order for them to make the change in your account. Tax documents issued to you by NYU will then list your ITIN number.