U.S. residency certification for 2019. Does the government shutdown effect the application?

JANUARY 5, 2019

IRS"Welcome to the IRS. Live telephone assistance is not available at this time. Normal operations will resume as soon as possible." This is the message anyone calling to ask about tax matters heard after dialing the IRS this week.

If you need to apply for U.S. residency certification for the current year 2019, it is still possible to do so. The IRS will accept the application but the processing will start after the shutdown is over. Applications sent to the IRS by fax are stored in the IRS computer, and when the processing starts, the earlier your application was received, the faster it will be processed. Our advice: do not wait for the government shutdown to end, you can submit the application now. 

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tip apostilleIf you have an original Form 6166 - U.S. Residency Certification, please do not have it notarized in order to get an apostille. This document can be apostilled directly. 

Apostille for Form 6166: price, processing time, order form

Please send the original Form 6166 to us, and we will get an apostille for it.


U.S. (federal) apostille: $175 (Fedex within the U.S. is included)
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