I'm a resident alien in the US. I got married with another resident alien in California in 2018. She is not eligible for a social security number, so she needs to apply for an ITIN so that I can add her to my tax return as a dependent.
Can we apply for the ITIN now before filing the 2018 tax return (in 2019) to gain some time?
Applying for an ITIN requires a copy of the tax return in which my wife is claimed as a dependent, which we don't have. So I guess the answer is "no".
If we apply for the ITIN in person, do we need a certified copy of the documents, or showing the originals suffices?