The Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is a nine-digit number issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to individuals who are not eligible to obtain a Social Security Number (SSN).
The ITIN is used primarily for tax filing purposes, and it is not a form of work authorization.
Non-resident aliens who receive payments from USC in the form of a check (fellowship, stipend, scholarship, honoraria, etc.) but who are not eligible for a Social Security Number are required to obtain an ITIN. If your scholarship or fellowship is applied directly against your tuition, you do not need to apply for an ITIN.
How to Apply for an ITIN
University Payroll Services is able to expedite the ITIN application process for any non-national receiving a scholarship or fellowship from USC and is not eligible to apply for a Social Security Number. Please review the application process below:
- Students must submit the ITIN letter request form to OIS
- In 2 business days, the ITIN letter will be ready for pick up at OIS
- Contact University Payroll Services (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an appointment
- Review this website for detailed information on what documentation must be brought to the ITIN appointment
Please note that if you need an ITIN for any other reason - but are not receiving payments from USC - University Payroll Services would not be able to assist you and you would need to file on your own, as outlined by the IRS website.