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Non-U.S. citizens and those who do not reside in the United States may be eligible for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for U.S. tax purposes. This category applies to Philippine citizen spouses resident in Philippines without Legal Permanent Residence in the United States.
The ITIN is filed with your tax return if you are wanting to file joint for US. Yes, it takes a longer period the first year but that is the procedure. The W7 is filed and the return attached.
If your spouse is immigrating to the United States, she will receive a Social Security number once in the United States as a Legal Permanent Resident. You cannot apply from within the Philippines and must apply in the United States.
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Yes. The return is attached to the W7 application for an ITIN and when the ITIN is processed the IRS adds the ITIN to the return and processes.
They also issue a letter advising the ITIN to your spouse.
Here is a link to the instructions for the W7
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