Applying for a Canadian Business or Personal Card for Financial Flexibility

by admin on October 7, 2014

imgCaisses populaires, unions, and big and small banks in Canada offer credit cards to customers from all walks of life. There are different ways to apply for a card, including online and at the local branch.

Applying for a Personal Credit Card

Canadian issuers request financial, employment, and personal information, including your credit score, authorized users, and types of accounts owned, i.e. savings, checking, high interest, money market, and others. Customers are asked whether their payment history is clear of negative events such as delinquent accounts. In some cases, issuers specify that the card is offered to clients with excellent and good credit. Customers who meet the criteria are asked whether they are transferring balances. Some issuers also allow holders to add up to 2 – 5 authorized users. Some cards go with exclusive rewards and experiences and are offered to customers with solid credit. Different cards are offered to students and issuers request contact and personal information as well as school information such as class year, enrollment status (part- or full-time), and school name, city, and state. Issuers that offer student cards also request information such as family member or alternative contact information, and financial details such as outstanding loans and balances, types of accounts held, additional income, annual wages and salary, and monthly rent or mortgage payments. The type of information banks request depends on the credit report, card of choice, and other details.

Applying for a Business Card

Issuers also offer secured and unsecured credit cards to businesses as an alternative to LOCs and small business loans. As a rule, Canadian issuers request financial information such as occupation, business phone number, tax identification number, name of business, and others. The application must be filled by an authorized officer or the business owner. Some issuers are interested in whether the business is seasonal. Financial institutions also ask about your tax ID number, gross annual sales, and type of industry (gas, electric, communications, retail trade, public administration, mining, real estate, etc.). Many issuers are also interested in whether the company is non-profit or for-profit and if it is publicly traded. Specify the legal structure of the company as well – unincorporated association, sole proprietor, limited partnership, general partnership, LLC, C corporation, or S corporation. Many issuers require that the owner or authorized officer specifies country of citizenship and residency, monthly housing payment, occupation, and whether employees will be added to the card account. Some financial institutions allow businesses to add between 1 and 9 employees. The application also includes details such as interest on convenience checks, international transactions and quasi cash, overdraft protection, and penalty fees.

Choosing a Card  

Customers are offered personal and business credit cards with airmiles and rewards points, zero balance transfer rates, and double and triple points on select items. The choice of card depends on many factors, for example, whether you meet the minimum or pay the full balance. Look at factors such as minimums, expiry dates, billing cycles, and others.

Related:

http://canadian-credit-cards.creditcardreview.ca/

http://www.creditcards.ca/best-canadian-credit-cards.php

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