Beware! Barclays will deny credit card application for all non-immigrant legal residents of the US

I recently talked about a few cards offered by Barclays like the US Airways Visa credit card that offers up to 50,000 bonus miles and the Choice Visa credit card offering 40,000 bonus Choice points. It is important for me to inform the readers that Barclays will only consider providing a credit card to applicants who are US Citizens or US permanent resident (i.e., Green Card holders). Barclays will deny all other applicants.

Please note that there is no place on any Barclays application where they ask for this information. But they can figure it out based on when your social security number was issued. Basically, if your social security file was not initiated within a few years from your birth, you are suspect in their eyes. Thus, they will send you a letter requesting a proof of US citizenship or permanent residency. This is the first bank I know of that requires US Citizenship or Permanent Residency for approving credit cards.

So, all those non-immigrant legal residents of the US on a Visa like F1 (student) and H1 (work permit) who are in the churning game, please do not waste an inquiry by applying to any Barclays card.


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I call myself an avid reward program follower. I have been following the world of loyalty programs closely for the last 10 years. In other words, as my friends and family like to address me, a “Guru” in the world of rewards, awards, points, miles and everything in between. Over the years, my exploits in this world of affinity programs, my interactions with other enthusiasts in this field, professionals and the industry experts as well as my own experience dealing with different programs, I have gathered my own knowledge base. Obviously, I try to maximize the benefits from flights, travel, hotels, car rentals, dining, shopping, credit cards, finance… anything and everything that earns points and miles and then further maximize the value of these accumulated points and miles.
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One Response to Beware! Barclays will deny credit card application for all non-immigrant legal residents of the US

  1. Pingback: EXCLUSIVE! Earn up to 40,000 Choice Privileges points when you apply for Choice Privileges Visa Credit Card (offer ends November 30) | awardguru

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