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Possible to build credit score without SSN?

Old Feb 21st 2011, 10:31 pm
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My girlfriend is here on an F1 Visa, so she does not have a SSN. However HSBC have given her an unsecured credit card (Mastercard) due to investments she holds with them in her home country.

Will she build any kind of credit score in the US without a SSN by using the credit card?
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Old Feb 21st 2011, 10:39 pm
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Default Re: Possible to build credit score without SSN?

I dont believe so, but dont quote me on it.

I was curious about the same thing whilst over there on my F1 Visa, but couldn't find an answer.

Im guessing if she pays on time etc, she will gain good standing with the bank, but it wont relate to a US credit score as such.
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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 4:50 am
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Default Re: Possible to build credit score without SSN?

F1 should be allowed to get a SSN though as they're allowed to work on campus part time.

Credit history is pretty much tied to your SSN, so not having a number, chances are you won't be building any...but it'll be six months before they report anything, so that should be the first semester of none campus work.
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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 7:23 am
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Default Re: Possible to build credit score without SSN?

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F1 should be allowed to get a SSN though as they're allowed to work on campus part time.
They will only give an F1 visa holder an SSN if they actually have an on-campus job - the fact that you are allowed to work on campus isn't sufficient - if you don't need the SSN because you have a job you won't get one.
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Old Feb 22nd 2011, 4:18 pm
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They will only give an F1 visa holder an SSN if they actually have an on-campus job - the fact that you are allowed to work on campus isn't sufficient - if you don't need the SSN because you have a job you won't get one.
and its near impossible to be allowed to work. My campus dean pretty much told me the only cases he has authorized for F1 VISA students working was one where a girls home country economy crashed, and one where a guy lost his family in a car accident so had no more means of support :S
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Old Feb 23rd 2011, 1:46 pm
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Default Re: Possible to build credit score without SSN?

Originally Posted by EricK View Post
Will she build any kind of credit score in the US without a SSN by using the credit card?
I did this.

HSBC will keep the credit history of that credit card in their files. When/if she is allocated a SSN number in the future the whole history will be sent to the credit agencies.

Until she gets a SSN the information will be kept inside HSBC.
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Default Re: Possible to build credit score without SSN?

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I did this.

HSBC will keep the credit history of that credit card in their files. When/if she is allocated a SSN number in the future the whole history will be sent to the credit agencies.

Until she gets a SSN the information will be kept inside HSBC.
My story…

When I moved up here 7-8 months ago from Sydney, I was given unsecured credit card by Amex no questions asked (history in Sydney). I enrolled for their credit watch program too. I noticed the start date on the account was the start date when I got my amex in Sydney. Great! It gave me massive leg up and I started off with a 735+ credit score.

I applied for car loan with a credit union little later (3-4 months from when I entered US). I was declined. The guy there mentioned even if my credit score was fantastic, the ‘age of SSN’ was not in support.

Of course, if you have HSBC credit card and they recognize your overseas history I am sure they would give preferential treatment if you went for an auto loan with HSBC. I am just pointing out the technically, credit card without SSN may not help with cross entities…
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