swipe_masta wrote:Am I missing something here? Are you a citizen of the countries where you want credit cards from? I thought the only way you could apply for credit cards in other countries is if you had proof you were a citizen (i.e. ssn #). I used you sell cc in my former line of work and tourists from out of the country and illegal aliens could not apply because they didn't have a valid address and/or no ssn #. Im sure it is the same with almost all countries. I know this to be true in Australia, Japan, and S. Korea for I travel to these places frequently. Most places outside the US use chip technology instead of a magnetized cards. I know in Asia, some cards aren't even physical cards, but a chip that looks exactly like a thumb drive! So these cards would not work in the US and you also have to remember that the US would technically be considered a foreign country from the card's country of origin (if you were planning on using it here) With that said Canada, Im sure would be the easiest seeing how some places except US currency. Now I don't know about Offshore accounts. You said you have a banking relationship with a bank in Hong Kong? I don't think they'll issue you a credit card unless you are a frequent traveler or have a residency there.
The US is the only place where I have a credit card issued to me despite not being a citizen therein (it's because I work in the US...). I've had a Canadian credit card (which have all been true Chip + PIN for some time) since before moving to the US (and in fact the bank that issues my Canadian credit card also issues American credit cards), and I do hold HK citizenship; I do have valid addresses in all three of these places.
But I was looking for places to discuss non-American CCs and credit in general, such as reviews of Canadian credit cards, how FICO scores are on a different range in Canada compared to the US, whether or not Beacon scores offered by Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada are true FICOs, and such.