‘Credit cards are about credit, not immigration status’

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In the “Ask the Expert” portion of an article ranking best credit cards without a social security number requirement for WalletHub, Francine J. Lipman, a professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law defended unauthorized immigrants access to U.S credit cards.

Most major credit card companies will approve people for a credit card without a social security number, requiring an Individual Taxpayer Identification number instead. Others will approve credit cards with just a passport and a secondary form of identification or proof of income.

These credit cards allow those without a social security number to build credit, like international students and immigrants or those who might want to apply for a credit card without disclosing their social security number.

Still, other credit card issuers will not approve those without a social security number.

Lipman wrote that people without a social security number typically have no credit but argues that because many credit card companies do not ask for social security number that those without one should build their credit.

Credit cards are about credit, not immigration status,” wrote Lipman in a Q&A. “Many of these individuals are seeking asylum, which is a legal process that under our current immigration system is extremely time consuming, expensive, and riddled with barriers that may not be constitutional.”

She argues that immigration status is not relevant to credit matters and noted that credit card companies do not inquire about other matters outside of income and assets or other credit issues.

“Do credit card companies ask about history of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual harassment, memberships in recognized hate groups, such as the KKK, neo-Nazis, etc.?” wrote Lipman.

Jeniffer Solis
Reporter | Jeniffer was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas before graduating in 2017 with a B.A in Journalism and Media Studies. While at UNLV she was a senior staff writer for the student newspaper, the UNLV Scarlet and Gray Free Press, and a news reporter for KUNV 91.5 FM, covering everything from the Route 91 shooting to UNLV housing. She has also contributed to the UNLV News Center and worked as a production engineer for several KUNV broadcasts before joining the Nevada Current. She’s an Aries.

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