Getting US Credit Cards for Canadians | Prince of Travel (2022)

In this guide, we’ll explore how savvy Canadian consumers can go about obtaining their very first US-issued credit card.

Once you get your first US card, you’ll start building credit history in the US, and eventually you’ll be eligible for most, if not all, of the credit cards in the US marketplace.

If you’re looking to rack up the sky-high welcome bonuses on US credit cards to travel the world, having access to US credit cards as a Canadian can be useful in many circumstances. Here’s how to get your US credit file up and running.

In This Post
  • Why Get US Credit Cards?
  • Step 1: Get a US Address
  • Step 2: Get a US Bank Account
  • Step 3: Get Your First American Express US Card
  • Step 4: Get an ITIN
  • Step 5: Build Your Credit History
  • Conclusion

Why Get US Credit Cards?

If you’re at an intermediate level in the Canadian credit card game (or wherever you live outside of the US), it’s worth exploring the possibility of getting into US credit cards.

As the world’s most lucrative market for credit card rewards, US-issued credit cards offer bigger welcome bonuses, better cardholder benefits, and a much wider range of points redemption options – dramatically increasing the range of travel rewards that are available to you.

For example, consider that American Express Canada only offers 11 airline and hotel transfer partners in total.

Meanwhile, American Express US has a whopping 21 partners, including several powerful programs that we don’t have access to in Canada – like Emirates Skywards or Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer for booking Emirates First Class or Singapore Suites, respectively!

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US credit cards can also give you a major leg up when it comes to other meaningful benefits along your travels, like hotel elite status or airport lounge access.

For example, a single US-issued card can give you instant top-tier Hilton Diamond status, whereas you’d need to stay 60 nights with Hilton per year to earn this status organically!

Needless to say, if you’re serious about raising your travel game on a global level, you absolutely need to get involved with US credit cards.

Step 1: Get a US Address

First off, you’re going to need to have a residential address that’s domiciled in the United States.

If you have family or good friends down in the US – lucky you!

As long as they agree to let you use their address, you can ask them to forward your mail periodically, pick it up yourself when you visit them, or simply ask them to take pictures of your mail and send it on to you.

For the rest of us, getting a US address is as simple as using a mail forwarding or mailbox service.

Our recommended service is 24/7 Parcel, which provides services to meet the needs of many Canadians getting into the US credit card market.

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While 24/7 Parcel mainly offers parcel receiving and pickup services, they will also forward your letter mail for $1.50 (USD) per envelope plus postage. Typically, the total cost is $2.70 (USD) per letter forwarded to Canada.

24/7 Parcel charges a fee of $90 (USD) per year; however, Prince of Travel readers can obtain a $20 (USD) discount by mentioning that we referred you to the service.

There are also other mail forwarding services out there you can choose from, and you are very much encouraged to do some of your own research as well.

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No matter what mailbox service you pick, make sure to verify one thing. Go to the USPS address lookup tooland enter the address of your mailbox, and make sure that “Commercial Mail Receiving Agency” isn’t marked as “Y”.

That’s because many credit card companies will deem these addresses ineligible once they see that it’s registered as a mail forwarding service.

As long as the “Commercial Mail Receiving Agency” line is marked with a “N” (as is the case for 24/7 Parcel’s private address), issuers will recognize the address as a residential address, and you’ll be good to go.

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Step 2: Get a US Bank Account

You’re going to need a US bank account as part of the process, so let’s get one set up.

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The reason for getting a US bank account is twofold:

  • Paying off your US credit card bills (although this can also be done via select higher-end Canadian-based bank accounts)
  • Verifying your US address with US credit card issuers

This step is fairly easy. Several Canadian banks have subsidiaries in the US, and if you bank with them on the Canadian side, it tends to be a pretty straightforward process to set up an account in the US as well.

For example, I personally use CIBC for my personal banking in Canada. Their US counterpart, CIBC US, offers a Smart Account account that has a monthly maintenance fee starting at only $4.95 (USD) (covering up to 12 transactions).

That’s a solid proposition in my book, and it’s really easy to get set up if you’re an existing CIBC client with Canada (you can apply online and also transfer US funds in-between your Canadian- and US-domiciled CIBC accounts instantly online).

The equivalent holds true with TD Canada Trust and TD Bank (their Convenience Checking account is a very affordable option), BMO Bank of Montreal and BMO Harris Bank, as well as RBC Royal Bank and RBC Bank.

All of these banks have very well-established Cross-Border Banking products and guidelines, so simply go online to get more information on their personal checking options and to open an account.

No matter which US bank account you go with, you’ll ideally want to set your US address (from Step 1!) as the primary address on the account, such that the US address shows up on all your monthly banking statements. This will be useful when it’s time to verify your address with credit card issuers later on.

Step 3: Get Your First American Express US Card

Once you have a bank account and address, you can actually start applying for cards now.

You need to open a few accounts to start building credit history from scratch, and the easiest issuer to begin with is American Express US.

Amex is a global company, and they offer their cardholders a number of easy ways to transfer their membership to another country whenever they “relocate”.

Method 1: Nova Credit

In recent years, American Express US has begun working with a service known as Nova Credit to apply for US cards directly using your Canadian TransUnion credit file, without needing to be an existing Amex cardholder on the Canadian side.

To do this, open up the application form of any Amex US personal credit card, and then click the “International Cardholder” checkbox where it asks for your Social Security Number.

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Note where it says “Sign in for a simpler application process.” Even if you happen to be an existing Amex Canada cardholder, it isn’t actually necessary to sign in.

Doing so will initiate the “Global Transfer” process described further below, whereas not signing in will result in the arguably smoother Nova Credit process.

Submitting the application will bring you to the Nova Credit portal, where you’ll be asked to select the foreign credit history on which you’d like to base your application.

Canadians would select Canada, although the same process could be used by residents of Australia, India, Mexico, and the UK to apply for US credit cards as well.

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You’ll be asked to fill in some information to locate your Canadian TransUnion file, including your name, date of birth, and recent address. Once a potential match to your credit file is located, you’ll also be asked a set of three identity questions based on your TransUnion credit file as another verification step.

(The Nova Credit process results in only a soft inquiry, not a hard inquiry, on your TransUnion credit file in Canada.)

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Once that’s done, you check a few boxes to authorize Nova Credit to transmit your Canadian credit information over to American Express US.

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Next, you may be asked for some supplemental information about your finances. Providing this information is optional, but may help speed up your application’s processing time.

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The final step is to provide details of a foreign ID, such as a passport, that can help prove you are who you say you are. A Canadian passport should work fine.

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There’s a small chance that you’ll be instantly approved at this stage, if everything lines up.

However, it’s more likely that you’ll be asked to verify some information before your application is approved. This can include:

  • Verifying your identity documents, such as uploading a PDF copy of the passport information you provided
  • Verifying your US address, such as uploading a bank statement from Step 2 with your US address on it, or calling American Express and speaking with an agent, who will initiate a three-way call with your bank to verify your address

Once all of your information is verified, you should expect a shiny new piece of plastic (or metal!) to be on its way to your US address. Congratulations, your US credit history has just been “born”!

Some individuals’ experiences indicate the Nova Credit method can be used to apply for multiple Amex US personal credit cards in quick succession when you’re first starting out with US credit cards.

You aren’t guaranteed to get approved for multiple Amex US cards via Nova Credit to start, but the strategy has paid off for many applicants in the past.

It’s recommended to apply in as quick succession as possible if you’re interested in starting off with more than one Amex US card, as it seems like the longer you wait between multiple Nova Credit applications, the less likely you’ll be approved on subsequent applications.

Method 2: American Express Global Transfer

As an alternative to Nova Credit, another option is to initiate an American Express Global Transfer from Canada to the US.

To be eligible for a Global Transfer, you need to have at least one Canadian-issued American Express account that’s been open and in good standing for at least three months.

Then, you can call the Global Transfer office and tell them you’d like to do a Global Transfer as a current Canadian cardholder to a US credit card, and then proceed to complete the US credit card application over the phone.

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Which Amex US Credit Card Should You Start With?

One question might be on your mind: which Amex US product should you pick as your first American credit card?

In most cases, it’s best to start out with a basic Amex credit card with no annual fee, such as the American Express US Hilton Honors Card.

That’s because this is going to be the oldest account on your US credit history, and you’ll be helping your credit score the most if you keep this account open forever.

Another option would be to choose a card that could make sense to keep around for the long run, such as the Amex US Hilton Aspire Card.

Not only does this card typically offer a very impressive welcome bonus of 150,000 Hilton Honors points, but its annual fee of $450 (USD) is offset by a $250 (USD) airline incidental fee credit and a $250 (USD) Hilton resort credit,plusyou get an annual Hilton Free Night Reward and top-tier Hilton Diamond status for as long as you hold the card.

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Sometimes, there are limited-time elevated offers that seem very attractive on premium cards like the Amex US Gold Card or the Amex US Platinum Card, which could make for a wise choice for your first US credit card too.

However, in these cases, you should either be comfortable paying the card’s annual fee year after year to preserve your US credit health, or recognize that your credit score may take a hit if you were to cancel your original and oldest US credit card in the future.

It’s also worth noting that business credit cards do not report to personal credit bureaus in the United States. Therefore, business credit cards don’t help you build credit history and therefore wouldn’t be a good choice as a starter US card.

If you’re interested in one of the Amex US small business cards, your best bet would be to first set up a US credit history by getting one of the personal cards, and then applying for a business card 3–6 months later (see Step 5 below for more on this).

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Step 4: Get an ITIN

While it’s easy to get your first credit card with Amex US or one of the Big 5 banks’ US arms, you’ll need to have a credit file identifier if you want to eventually move onto the other American issuers, like Chase, Citi, Capital One, or Bank of America.

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Just like Canada, personal credit reports in the US are associated with a unique identifier – typically a Social Security Number (SSN), the equivalent of our SIN.

If you already have a SSN as a result of being born, living, or working in the US, then once again, lucky you! Forget about this step, find those mouthwatering signup bonuses, and go forth and conquer!

For the rest of us, we’re gonna need to put in a little bit of work here. In addition to the SSN, credit card companies also accept what’s known as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) on credit card applications.

ITINs are issued by the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), so getting one requires mailing a bunch of documents to the IRS.

Now, listen up here, because this is important. One of the reasons one might be eligible for (and in fact, encouraged to apply for) an ITIN is if they are a foreign resident who earns income in the US, and needs to prove their foreign residency status in order to be exempt from US withholding taxes.

Got it? Good.

If we think about it, anyone who’s earned some money through US-based services – such as casino winnings in Las Vegas, betting with US-based online betting companies, or trading stocks with a US-based brokerage – should be applying for an ITIN and self-reporting their income if they want to fulfill their obligations to the IRS.

After all, if you didn’t have an ITIN, you’d be subject to hefty withholding taxes on all your winnings, royalties, and dividends. We wouldn’t want that, would we?

(The fact that these sums may be as low as $5 is not important here.)

There are two approaches to obtaining an ITIN: getting help through a dedicated service, or the do-it-yourself method.

Method 1: Use a Dedicated ITIN Service

These days, the most reliable method to obtain an ITIN is to seek out a paid service to help you with your ITIN application.

Services that Prince of Travel readers have found useful include:

These services will generally provide you with a completed W-7 form, which is the ITIN application form.

They will also help you complete a valid US tax return on your behalf based on any amount of earned income from US sources that you declare (such as $5 in gambling winnings). This serves to justify why you require an ITIN in your application.

Method 2: Do It Yourself

If you’d rather not pay for professional services, you can also take the do-it-yourself approach to getting an ITIN.

However, be warned that even small discrepancies in how the forms are filled in can result in a rejected application, and each application can take several weeks or months to complete.

All of the information you need to apply for an ITIN is listed on the dedicated page on the IRS website. In particular, you’ll need to compile the following documents and send it off to the IRS:

  • Document justifying the need for an ITIN (e.g., a US tax return with a small amount of income declared)

  • Completed W-7 ITIN application form

  • Original foreign passport, or a certified copy

You can find the official IRS instructions for the W-7 form here. Tax advice is beyond the scope of this website, although there are many online resources to guide you through the process of filling in IRS forms.

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In addition, you also need to include a copy of your passport with the application as a means to verify your status as a foreign national. It’s up to you whether to send in your original passport or a certified copy.

You won’t get your documents back in the mail from the IRS for a while, so keep that in mind if you might need your passport for upcoming travel. Personally I didn’t want to risk my passport getting lost in the mail, so I went with the certified copies.

Importantly, a certified copy is not the same as a notarized copy of a passport that you can get at any lawyer or public accountant’s office.

Instead, it’s provided directly to you by Passport Canada, so you’ll have to schedule an appointment with your local passport office. Be prepared for a long wait time for an appointment, as government offices continue to deal with pandemic-related backlogs.

The fee for certified copies is $45 (CAD), which is good for one, two, or three copies. Most people opt for three copies, sending one to the IRS and keeping the other two around for another occasion when they might prove useful (hint: they probably won’t).

Lastly, whether you’ve sought help from a dedicated service or filled in the forms yourself, compile all of the documents in an envelope addressed to the IRS’s receiving address indicated on the ITIN information website, send it off, and wait.

You should expect to wait quite a while – as of 2022, the current turnaround times at the ITIN processing office seem to be in the region of about four months.

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If you’ve done everything right, you should eventually receive a letter in the mail indicating your newly minted nine-digit ITIN!

Step 5: Build Your Credit History

Once you’ve set up your address, bank account, first credit card, and ITIN, the hard work is over.

Now all that’s left is to wait for your credit history to mature long enough for you to be approved for some of the credit cards with bigger bonuses.

Chase Credit Cards

Once your relationship with Amex US matures to a few months (usually 3–6 months), you’ll be able to start applying for more Amex US cards and getting approved for them.

However, you’ll want to pace yourself a little bit, with a view of getting cards from Chase in the future:

  • Chase credit cards unlock unique new opportunities that aren’t otherwise available with American Express on either side of the border, such as 1:1 points transfers to World of Hyatt program for high-end Hyatt hotel redemptions.
  • Chase is stricter than American Express when it comes to approving clients with “fresh” credit histories. They’ll generally want to see 12–18 months of responsible credit usage before approving you for your first Chase card.
    • One way to build your relationship quicker and speed up the process with Chase is to open a Chase checking account (which you can easily do as a Canadian) at a branch on one of your trips down to the US.
  • Chase also has the infamous “5/24 rule”, in which you won’t be approved for any credit cards if you’ve opened more than five cards in the past 24 months. That’s a key obstacle to keep in mind as you begin to navigate the US landscape.

Therefore, you want to get a handful of Amex US cards to use responsibly as you wait to be eligible for Chase cards.

But at the same time, you don’t want to get too many Amex US cards – or else you’ll lock yourself out of the “5/24 rule” by the time you’re eligible for Chase.

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Amex US Business Credit Cards

One way around this conundrum is by going for the American Express small business credit cards after you’ve gotten your first Amex US product.

As mentioned earlier, business credit cards don’t report to personal credit files in the United States, so you can rack up the signup bonuses on the business products without affecting your future Chase 5/24 eligibility.

Examples would include the Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Business Card, the Amex US Hilton Business Card, or the Amex US Business Platinum Card.

Of these, one reason to consider the Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Business Card is that the 15 elite qualifying nights given each year as a cardholder benefit stack with the Amex US Marriott Bonvoy personal cards.

If you also happen to hold the Amex US Marriott Bonvoy Brilliant Card, you’ll get a total of 40 elite qualifying nights each year (25 from the Bonvoy Brilliant, and 15 from the Bonvoy Business.

Note that Amex US business cards cannot be obtained through Nova Credit; however, an SSN or ITIN is not absolutely necessary to apply either.

If you don’t have an SSN or ITIN, you can apply for Amex US business cards over the phone by submitting your foreign passport as a valid form of ID in place of the SSN or ITIN.

Capital One Credit Cards

Capital One has a strong presence in the United States. In particular, its Capital One Venture X Card is absolutely worth considering as you explore various US credit card options.

Similar to American Express Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, Capital One miles transfer 1:1 to useful airline programs, such as Aeroplan, British Airways Avios, Cathay Pacific Asia Miles, and Air France/KLM Flying Blue.

As with Chase, Capital One generally approves applicants who have an established US credit history. Some data points suggest that you should have around three years of credit history and no more than one application in the past six months across all three credit bureaus.

Keep an eye out for attractive signup offers with the Capital One Venture X Card after you’ve established your US credit history, as it may well be a worthy addition to your US credit card portfolio.

Other US Credit Card Issuers

In addition to Chase and Capital One, a few other US-based issuers will also accept ITINs for credit card applications, with many products that are worth getting:

  • Citi’s credit cards allow you to earn Citi ThankYou points, which can transfer to a variety of useful or unique airline partners.
  • Bank of America’s Alaska Airlines or Air France/KLM co-branded credit cards offer another way to earn miles with Alaska Mileage Plan and Air France/KLM Flying Blue.
    • Bank of America only accepts ITIN applications over the phone or in-branch.
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Overall, the for US credit cards is a lot more focused on playing the long game than up here in Canada.

US-issued credit cards tend to have strict rules on welcome bonus eligibility, so the strategy is generally more conservative and more about building your credit history over the long run to be eligible for the much wider range of bonuses and benefits found in the US.

Lastly, if you have a spouse or partner, it’s recommended to go through this process for both of you at the same time. After all, we know that maximizing points in two-player mode is one of the best ways to scale up your earnings, so just imagine how much is on the table when it comes to US credit cards.

America, the land of opportunity indeed!

Conclusion

Getting your very first US-issued credit card can be quite a complicated but worthwhile undertaking.

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From registering for a US mailbox to dealing with the highly involved process of getting an ITIN, it’s a tricky process to manage and can easily take up a good chunk of your time.

This guide aims to lay out the key elements for you and helps you break down the process into more manageable steps, as you pursue all of the bountiful bonuses and benefits south of the border.

FAQs

Can a Canadian get a credit card in the US? ›

Obtain an ITIN or an SSN

To apply for a credit card in the U.S. as a Canadian citizen, you'll generally need either an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or Social Security number (SSN).

How can a Canadian use a US credit card? ›

When asked for your zip code, try entering the three numbers in your postal code and adding two zeros. For example, if your postal code is M9Z 4X3, you would enter 94300 as your zip code.

Can I get a US credit card without living in the US? ›

Some credit card providers may require a stateside address in order to qualify. If you are already overseas, consider using a family member's address for billing and other relevant communications. In most cases, a credit card issuer based in the U.S. will not accept a foreign address alone.

Can I get a credit card in the US as a tourist? ›

You don't need to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for a credit card in the U.S. However, credit card companies must verify your identity, and some companies choose to only offer cards to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who have a Social Security number (SSN).

How can Canadians build credit in America? ›

One of the easiest ways to start building good credit in the U.S. is to open a loan account (such as a credit card or line of credit) and make payments on time, every time.
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  1. An RBC Bank credit card.
  2. A mortgage.
  3. A home equity line of credit. ...
  4. A personal line of credit.

Can Canadians get Target Red Card? ›

Applications for both cards are available online at Target.ca/redcard. In addition, guests can apply for the Target RBC MasterCard in RBC branches and at rbc.com/target. Once Target stores are open, Canadian guests will be able to apply for both REDcard products in-store.

How can I use my Canadian credit card in the US gas station? ›

Just do this: swipe your card as normal at the pump. When it asks for your zip code, key in the number digits of your postal code followed by zeros to make up 5 digits (there's 5 digits in a US postal code). For example, my postal code is K0H1K0 so I key in the zero, the one and the last zero.

What happens if I use my Canadian credit card in the US? ›

Every time you use a Canadian credit card while in the U.S., you're charged a foreign transaction fee, which is typically 2.5% of your purchase. That's an additional $25 on every $1,000 you spend! And if you're thinking that you've never seen this charge on your credit card statement, you're right.

Can I use my Canadian debit card in the US? ›

All you need is your debit card and Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your primary Canadian banking or savings account1 and make purchases at any of the 1,000,000 merchants in the U.S.

How can I get a US credit card outside the US? ›

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How can I get a US credit card without a Social Security number? ›

The best way to secure a credit card without an SSN is to apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). An ITIN is a tax processing number issued by the Internal Revenue Service to non-U.S. citizens who cannot obtain a Social Security number.

How do I get a US virtual card? ›

Following are the steps to get a virtual credit card:
  1. Step 1) Get a Credit card.
  2. Step 2) Log into your credit card account online and go to its settings.
  3. Step 3) Download the virtual card issuer's app if needed and log into the app.
  4. Step 4) Search for a Virtual credit card and access the card number.
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Can I get a credit card with a US address? ›

Mailing address

You'll need a U.S. address to successfully apply for most U.S.-issued credit cards. You can use a mail forwarding service that doesn't make your address appear to be a P.O.

How can a non resident get a US debit card? ›

Most US banks will require non-residents to apply for an account in person. That means you have to travel to the US and walk into a bank branch to set up your account.
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Here are some of the usual requirements for opening international bank accounts:
  1. Government-issued ID.
  2. Proof of residency.
  3. Initial minimum deposit.

Can non resident get a credit card? ›

Yes, they can. Non-US citizens can get credit cards via service providers that don't require a SSN and offer services around the world. Your immigration status can affect the options you have, but it's common for non-citizens to have credit cards or be authorized users on the account of a cardholder.

Does Canada and U.S. share credit information? ›

Unfortunately, your U.S. credit history will not transfer to Canadian credit reporting companies when you move. Each country has its own unique credit reporting system with different laws regulating them, so the information isn't shared across borders.

Can I get a Discover card in Canada? ›

Mastercard, VISA, and American Express are commonly used in Canada. Despite its best efforts to prove otherwise, Discover is really an American credit card, rarely accepted outside of the United States.

Is Canadian and American credit score the same? ›

In Canada, your credit score will range from 300-900, while in America, scores usually range from 300-850. Although they function in very much the same way, in that you're looking for a high score.

How does the red card work? ›

The Red Card is a credit card that Dashers use to pay for some (but not all) DoorDash orders. Each Dasher receives a Red Card during orientation or when they receive a Welcome Kit. Note: your earnings will not be deposited on the Red Card, and it is not linked to your bank account.

How do I get a target Mastercard? ›

You can apply for the Target RedCard online or by mail. With the online application, you simply fill out a few forms and submit your information. You may be approved instantly, or your application may require further review. It can take up to 7-10 days to find out if you have been approved for the card.

Which credit bureau does target use? ›

Yes, the Target Credit Card reports cardholders' activity to all three major credit bureaus, TransUnion, Experian, and Equifax. It will do so on a monthly basis, the first day after the closing date of your billing cycle.

What zip code can Canadians use at US gas stations? ›

Pay at the pumps like a pro!

When the machine asks for a zip code, try entering the three consecutive numbers of your postal code followed by two zeros. For example, the postal code M5J 1E3 translates into the zipcode 51300.

How do I use my Canadian credit card in the US zip code? ›

This requirement presents a problem if you're paying with a Canadian credit card, since you can't enter a postal code using letters and numbers. Fortunately, there's an easy solution. When prompted for your ZIP code, enter the three digits from your postal code, followed by “00.”

How can I pay for gas in USA? ›

You can pay with a credit or debit card directly at the pump, or with your card or cash at the counter inside. To pay at the pump, just slide your card to get started and follow the instructions. You'll likely have to select between debit/credit, and enter your PIN number or your zip code to confirm payment.

Do I need to notify my bank when I travel? ›

You're not required to notify your credit card company when you're going away on vacation, but it is highly recommended. By letting your credit card company know where you're going and for how long, your company will know that any card transactions from that location were likely authorized by you.

Is it better to exchange Canadian money in the US? ›

As a general rule, you will get a better exchange rate in Canada, either at a Canadian bank, or at a duty free/border exchange booth, or at a casino. These are the official rates at which banks in every country buy and sell.

Is it better to use cash or credit card when traveling? ›

Use the credit card instead of cash wherever possible. Credit card issuers typically charge fees for international transactions and you may get the best exchange rate and fees lower than those associated with exchanging cash.

Will my Scotiabank card work in the US? ›

ScotiaCards with VISA Debit

Shop with your ScotiaCard with VISA Debit anywhere VISA is accepted in the US and worldwide. There is no transaction fee when shopping with your ScotiaCard with VISA Debit.

Can I use my Interac card in the US? ›

Cross Border payments allows you to securely use your debit card at approximately 2 million retailers in the U.S. Enjoy: All the benefits and security of Interac Debit. Cash back at supermarkets and some pharmacies.

How do I avoid foreign transaction fees? ›

You can also avoid foreign transaction fees by making purchases online only with international merchants that work with American credit cards and accept US dollars. When shopping online, make sure that their business is based in the US or that they accept a range of payment options that include US currency.

Can a Canadian open a bank account in the USA? ›

Yes, you can. The process might be a bit complicated for non-citizens, but it's not impossible. Whether it's for business, travel, or personal reasons, setting up a US bank account will be worth the trouble. Banking in the US has many advantages.

What Canadian banks are in the USA? ›

Canadian Banks in the U.S.
  • BMO Harris. BMO Harris makes it very easy for a Canadian to open a U.S. bank account. ...
  • CIBC Online Banking. This is another bank that provides you with the opportunity of opening a U.S. bank account. ...
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  • NatBank by National Bank. ...
  • Chase. ...
  • TD Bank.
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Can I use my Canadian debit card in the US? ›

All you need is your debit card and Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access your primary Canadian banking or savings account1 and make purchases at any of the 1,000,000 merchants in the U.S.

What American credit cards are accepted in Canada? ›

Don't stress about using your card to make purchases and to withdraw cash — card acceptance and ATM availability are similar to the US. Canadian merchants accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards.

Can I deposit Canadian cash in US bank? ›

While you may want to exchange and deposit all of your foreign currency after you travel, be prepared to hear a couple of “sorry, but no” responses. Specifically, banks generally won't accept any foreign coins.

Which American banks allow cross-border banking with Canada? ›

Chase Bank is a U.S.-based financial institution that offers cross-border banking options for Canadians. You'll have the option to choose from several different accounts, so you can find something to suit your specific needs.

Which US Bank can open account for non US resident? ›

Many large banks in the U.S. accept alternative IDs from a non-U.S. citizen trying to open an account. These include Bank of America, Chase, TD Bank, US Bank and Wells Fargo.

Can a Canadian open a US bank account online? ›

Canadian clients can open an account by using TD's Cross-Border Banking services. You can also see the balance of your US-domiciled accounts on your Canadian profile online, but you need to log into the US website to pay bills and view or change account details.

Can I use Scotiabank debit card in USA? ›

ScotiaCards with VISA Debit

Shop with your ScotiaCard with VISA Debit anywhere VISA is accepted in the US and worldwide. There is no transaction fee when shopping with your ScotiaCard with VISA Debit.

Can a Canadian own property in the United States? ›

Yes. Canadians can own real property in the USA. In fact, anyone may own property in the United States, regardless of their citizenship. It is important to note that if you buy property in the U.S., you still must abide by laws about the length of your stay in America.

How do I use my Canadian credit card at a US gas station? ›

There is a code available to Canadian credit cards. You enter the 3 digits contained in your postal code, followed by zero zero. So, if your postal code is M2H 4K9, you would enter 24900. It works.

Can I use my Interac card in the US? ›

Cross Border payments allows you to securely use your debit card at approximately 2 million retailers in the U.S. Enjoy: All the benefits and security of Interac Debit. Cash back at supermarkets and some pharmacies.

How do I avoid foreign transaction fees? ›

You can also avoid foreign transaction fees by making purchases online only with international merchants that work with American credit cards and accept US dollars. When shopping online, make sure that their business is based in the US or that they accept a range of payment options that include US currency.

Is it better to exchange Canadian money in the US? ›

As a general rule, you will get a better exchange rate in Canada, either at a Canadian bank, or at a duty free/border exchange booth, or at a casino. These are the official rates at which banks in every country buy and sell.

Why do people like Amex? ›

It's known for its top-notch customer service and some of the best rewards available. From ultra-elite business travel cards to everyday rewards, American Express has credit cards that are a good choice for many different types of cardholders.

Why Amex is not accepted everywhere? ›

Retailers That Don't Accept AMEX

Many retailers don't accept American Express because they have their own branded credit cards they'd prefer you to use. In addition, due to a higher fee AMEX charges its retail partners (than Visa or Mastercard), many opt out of accepting an American Express credit card.

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