I just arrived to the US(from May 31) and I want to get an ITIN. I have a F-2 visa which depends on my wife's F-1 student visa. I want to know if can I apply for an ITIN just by filling out and sending the form W7 to the IRS, or if I must fill out other forms like a 1040? This is the first time I am in the US and I don't have any income history in the US.
I read the W7 form and among the options it provides, I think I must choose option "g" that says: "Dependent/spouse of a nonresident alien holding a U.S. visa". But it also says: "Caution: If you check box b, c, d, e, f, or g, you must file a U.S. federal tax return with Form W-7 unless you meet one of the exceptions".
Also a friend told me that I must wait until Jan 2022. Then I can fill form 1040 and attach it to form W7. I could apply for an ITIN at that time but I can not do that before Jan 2020. Is what he told me true? If so, is there no faster way I can get an ITIN?