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Has any expat US citizen tried to get a passport certified of a foreign spouse, non resident in the USA, living abroad in Spain but no Spaniard? We need it certified so we can apply for an ITIN for her with the IRS in the USA using a W-7 form.

There is a faster procedure by using an accredited agent in Spain but he charges EUR 250, which is ridiculous for so little work.

Could we also maybe have the passport notarized remotely via notary.cam?

The first contact with the embassy in Madrid was not encouraging. They insist on their site to ask notarizing questions only per email so we did and we got a cookie cutter FAQ email back, with no real answer, plus an ominous "we will only reply if your question is not replied in the FAQ". With all the taxes we Americans pay I would have expected a little more helpfulness from he State dept, but they seem a lost cause, now for years already. There used to be an IRS group at the embassies but that was abolished in 2015. We have lots of legal obligations but we are each year forced to fulfill those at more astronomical costs.
 

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Has any expat US citizen tried to get a passport certified of a foreign spouse, non resident in the USA, living abroad in Spain but no Spaniard? We need it certified so we can apply for an ITIN for her with the IRS in the USA using a W-7 form.

There is a faster procedure by using an accredited agent in Spain but he charges EUR 250, which is ridiculous for so little work.

Could we also maybe have the passport notarized remotely via notary.cam?

The first contact with the embassy in Madrid was not encouraging. They insist on their site to ask notarizing questions only per email so we did and we got a cookie cutter FAQ email back, with no real answer, plus an ominous "we will only reply if your question is not replied in the FAQ". With all the taxes we Americans pay I would have expected a little more helpfulness from he State dept, but they seem a lost cause, now for years already. There used to be an IRS group at the embassies but that was abolished in 2015. We have lots of legal obligations but we are each year forced to fulfill those at more astronomical costs.
Do they not accept notarised copies?

Any Spanish notary will produce one for you for just a few euros
 
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