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I don't have a SSN or US address.

I would like to start establishing a credit score in US. What are my options? What is the fastest way?

  • Why would you ever need a credit score in a country you have nothing to do with? – littleadv Apr 18 '15 at 5:41
  • Nothing currently. But I plan to in the future. In the future if I need to get a mortgage, I will need a credit score. If I start now then it'll be ready when I need a mortgage. It's too bad they can't just pull my Canadian credit score and convert it to US credit score. – Kirk Apr 18 '15 at 8:24
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    This is more of an expatriates SE question. See this answer, for example. – Spehro Pefhany Apr 19 '15 at 13:23
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    You'll need a US SSN for credit score. – CQM Jun 19 '15 at 18:06
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Sorry. As far as I know, a person's SS is the only way to establish credit. This is the first thing they ask whenever you apply for any service in the US.

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1) The easy way is to find a job and they will assign you an SSN.

2) Here's the hard way. If you're Canadian, open a TD Boarderless account in the U.S. Put a small investment into any investment that would generate some type of income, such as capital gain, dividends, interest and etc... Then you will need to file a US tax return to declare your income if you receive U.S. tax slips (although you're likely below the min filing requirement) at year end. To file a U.S. tax return, you may need what's called an ITIN or individual tax id number. With the ITIN, you can get credit from the US TD boarderless account (only). Consider getting a prepaid US credit card with the TD account to futher build credit at that specific bank. It's not much credit, but you do start with creating a history.

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set up a US company (WY is cheap and easy), go south and open a personal and business bank account, ask for the itin form. file for the itin. set up your EIN for the company. get a credit card for both. pay some mail forwarding service with it. file for taxes in the next year using your itin. prepaid cards do not link to your tax id

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