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Who is Eligible for a Bank Credit Card

February 17, 2010

Almost all the U.S. banks offer a good selection of credit card options. Before applying for a bank credit card, one must be sure to meet the eligibility criteria established by the bank. Even though the terms and conditions offered by each bank are different, the basic requirements to obtain a bank credit card are almost the same. To qualify, the person needs to be a permanent resident of the U.S. or a U.S. citizen, with a social security number. The minimum age requirement for applying for a bank credit card is eighteen years or more. Another criterion is to have a minimum gross annual income.

Even if the applicant meets the above-three core criteria, he must have a good credit history/credit report to get a bank credit card. The credit history can be obtained from national credit bureaus, which gather and sell credit information. If the report shows a history of financial troubles or delayed payments on previous credit cards, then there is an increased chance of becoming disqualified.

One of the easiest methods to establish a credit history is to apply for a small loan or a line of credit from any bank. For the applicants with bad or no credit, secured credit cards are issued by the banks, which help them to regain or rebuild their credit.

Bank credit cards with a low interest rate are available for students. To obtain these, the applicant must be a full-time or part-time student of an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Student bank credit cards enable them to start building a solid credit history.

Once the above eligibility criteria are met, the person can apply for a bank credit card. This is done by completing bank credit card applications, which require personal and financial information about the person. If the details mentioned are not accurate, the bank may refuse the credit card.

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