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alarswilson

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Foreign Address
« on: July 17, 2018, 08:51:24 AM »
When I have read the fine print, many credit cards require residence in the US for approval of application. We live, work, pay taxes in Japan. We also have a permanent US address. How do you manage this? Thanks!

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Re: Foreign Address
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 02:37:22 PM »
Always use the US address

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Re: Foreign Address
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2018, 05:56:47 AM »
Hi! As GCC says you can just use the USA address. You also might want a US or international bank account that allows you to easily pay the credit card bills. If you don't have a US bank account you could use something like Transferwise.
I'm jumping in to this old question only bc I too live abroad and use USA credit cards. And sometimes it is a hassle. Here are the things that can be a problem:
- the credit card expires or they just send you a new one randomly bc of fraud protection. You need someone to mail it to you.
- if you apply for a US credit card online and your IP address is elsewhere you may be flagged and have to send in additional documents or just be denied
- you do need a US mailing address, but you said you have one so that is great!
- make sure you pick credit cards without foreign transaction fees!
- you may get blocked a lot by fraud protection if you use the card in different countries

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Re: Foreign Address
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2018, 06:38:09 PM »
- the credit card expires or they just send you a new one randomly bc of fraud protection. You need someone to mail it to you.

I just had a card expire. They mailed the new card to my Traveling Mailbox address, and then I paid ~$4 for TM to mail it to us.
https://www.gocurrycracker.com/snail-mail-paper-checks-21st-century/

For a lot of cards I never even receive the physical card and just use Apple Pay or use it online only.

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Re: Foreign Address
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2019, 09:27:46 AM »
Hey GCC,
If you never get the physical card, how do you activate it? We are currently home free nomads and I'm ready for a new card and am trying to work out all the steps to get my hands on the card while over seas and moving every 7-10 days. Thx!

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Re: Foreign Address
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2019, 09:43:34 AM »
Hey GCC,
If you never get the physical card, how do you activate it? We are currently home free nomads and I'm ready for a new card and am trying to work out all the steps to get my hands on the card while over seas and moving every 7-10 days. Thx!

With a scanned image of the front and back of the card you have all of the info you need... card #, expiration date, 3-digit security code