My Visa status changed from F1 to H1B effective Oct 31st this year. My wife came to USA in May 2019 on F2 Visa. Her H4 application is still in process and her F2 is invalid effective Oct 31st.
I wanna know if I can withhold taxes on W-4 by choosing options as shown in the picture below. If pictureis not visible, the portal allows me to choose 'Married Filing Single' option as 'No' only when I select 'Married'. So, it looks like it's just 'Married' for me on my W-4.
Can I opt for this when I am on H1B but my wife's H4 application isn't approved yet?
Also, does this mean my filing status will be 'Married filing Separately' when I file taxes in early 2020?
We went for her fingerprinting last week and are waiting for updates. Also, it seems I am an NRA since I was on F1 before Oct 1 only for 3 years and my H1B just started last month and hence I do not statisy the Substantial Presence Test.
Last question, should I apply for ITIN when I file for taxes? (assuming her H4 gets approved)
Your help is appreciated.
Picture Link: https://i.stack.imgur.com/AfDdC.png