Apr 03 2017

Credit Cards for Temporary Residents in Australia

Can a Temporary Resident have a Credit Card issued in Australia

Not every Bank in Australia will issue a Credit Card to a temporary resident, but some do, including the main 4 banks.

ANZ Bank Credit Card for Temporary Resident

ANZ Bank Credit Card Eligibility Requirements includes this statement:

You’re a non-Australian permanent resident with more than 9 months remaining on your Visa, earning a minimum annual income of $15,000 if applying for an ANZ credit card account (a minimum annual income of $50,000 for a Platinum credit card and $75,000 for a Black credit card) or have $50,000 in Australian Authorised Deposit-taking Institution (ADI) accounts.

National Australia Bank [NAB] Credit Card for Temporary Resident

NAB Eligibility Requirements includes this statement at Migrant Banking:

You can apply for a NAB Credit Card once you arrive in Australia.
The factors that will be taken into consideration once you have arrived in Australia are:
income in Australia and ability to service the facility
employment status in Australia
visa type
If you’re not a permanent Australian resident or citizen we’ll need the last overseas address you lived in.

Commonwealth Bank Credit Card for Temporary Resident

Commonwelath Bank Eligibility Requirements includes this statement:

Must have established full time permanent employment in Australia with a confirmed Australian income of more than $50,000 per annum. And: Been granted eligible visa (457, Permanent Resident, temporary business visas) or hold an Australian/NZ passport.

Westpac Bank Credit Card for Temporary Resident

Westpac Bank Eligibility Requirements, from this PDF application form, includes this statement:

You need to hold an Employee sponsored visa (long stay or temporary) and have a minimum fixed salary of AUD$50,000 p.a. or a minimum deposit balance of AUD$250,000 in a Westpac account.

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