Form 2555 invalid EIN for Foreign Employer

I have a client who is a US Citizen that lived the whole year for 2018 in a foreign country and received foreign income from a foreign corporation.  I input his wages under Deduction -> Foreign Wages (2555) -> Foreign Wages -> Line 1: Wages, tips, other compensations.  

I also scrolled down to Employee Information (MANDATORY) and input client's foreign address.  And check the box "Compensation not reported on W-2" and entered the Country Code.

I run into the following diagnostics:

Form 2555 - W-2 #1: Employer identification number (EIN) is invalid. A valid EIN is a nine digit number, is all numerics, cannot equal NONE or the taxpayer's or spouse's SSN, and must not be all 0s or 9s.  (US-Ref #405)

It's a foreign corporation formed oversea.  It has nothing to do with the U.S.  How would I have a valid EIN?  The diagnostics won't resolve even if I put "Tax Emempt" under the EIN Box.


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It would appear that you have an entry for "(b) Employer identification number (EIN)" under the Employer Information (MANDATORY for e-file) section.  Please check that any input there has been removed and that should get rid of the diagnostic.

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