I'm new to investment. I never have any experience in stock investment. I'm not US citizen.
I tried to make an account with online brokerage like sharebuilder, and it asked me for a SSN number. I googled and found that I need to have ITIN if I am not US citizen.
In http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc857.html, I read that I need to fill in form W-7 to have ITIN, but along with the form, I need to submit identity documents, and either a federal tax return, or other documentation to show the federal tax purpose for which I need the ITIN.
For identity documents, may I just use a copy of my national id card?
I'm not sure what other documentation is here. I don't have a passport. Could somebody please give me an example of that documentation?
Do I have to pay for having ITIN? If I do, how much?