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Filing taxes while waiting for SSN and Interview

I am a U.S. Citizen and my husband is from Colombia. He is in the middle of the green card process, and we have some questions regarding our taxes:

-We were told we could request an extension and not have to file taxes until October. The USCIS has notified us that, as of 3/16, they are ready to schedule an interview. Is it possible for our interview to occur before we file? Would it be better to file before the interview? Also, would filing separately be a problem?

-Since the wait for an ITIN could be a couple months or more, is it possible for him to receive his SSN before his ITIN? If so, should he apply for an ITIN, or would it be better to ask for an extension and wait to file once he has his SSN?

-The tax preparers that we've spoken with aren't certified acceptance agents and would have to send his passport to the IRS. How risky would it be for him to be without his passport for a couple of months? Would using a CAA be the safest option?

Our lawyer will not call us back and we really need to get the ball rolling with our taxes. Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!

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