Def, curious if you have an answer to my problem. Please don't take this as a ding to IB because I have had the exact same problem with other brokerages. The reason I am asking via ET is that it is Thanksgiving so I am sure IB is probably closed and was just curious (I also have some time on my hands tonight). After reading so much about Interactive Brokers so much I have decided I want to open an account with them. However, I seem to be in a communication loop that I can't get out of. My situation is that I am a US citizen but I live in Tokyo (been here a while now) and when I fill out the online forms part of the registration menu is the W-8 forms. The catch is that they are specifically not to be used by US citizens so I can't fill them out and the menu says that they need "to be completed". I have sent a couple of messages now online but the one reply I received was not helpful. Is there an easy out of this or am I missing something? Or do I need to wait and call someone at IB? At the other brokerages they acknowledged that the online system just assumed that a foreign residence meant a foreign citizen and the process had to be circumvented (not sure why they couldn't just fix it). Sometimes it is tough being an expat.