Can You Get a Personal Loan as a Non-U.S. Citizen?
Not being a U.S. citizen can hold you back from things, including voting in federal elections or running for president. But, luckily, getting a personal loan is possible.
How to get a personal loan as a non-U.S. citizen
Getting in a financial bind without being a U.S. citizen might feel a little overwhelming. This might be especially true if you haven’t been in the country for long and don’t know how personal loans work.
Many personal loan lenders require you to either be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. To some lenders, having a green card or valid visa extending at least three years — or the term of the loan — is appropriate. This shows lenders that you’ll be available to pay back the loan.
The following visa types could be considered depending on the lender: E-1, E-2, G series, H-1B, H-2A, H-2B, H-3, J-1 L-1, O-1 and TN.
Other lenders may look at your income and job status, credit score and whether you’re 18 or older.
Where you can get a personal loan as a non-U.S. citizen
Some lenders specialize in getting loans to non-U.S. citizens. Others make sure to showcase their friendly lending in their eligibility status.
Keep in mind that not all lenders operate the same way. Browse through and compare each one to see which one best fits your finances and status.
You can get a personal loan from LendingClub if you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or living in the U.S. on a valid, long-term visa. LendingClub features include:
- Loans amounts ranging from $1,000 to $40,000
- APRs from 10.68% to 35.89%
- 36 or 60 month terms
To get a personal loan from Earnest, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen, longtime permanent resident alien (with a 10-year green card) or conditional permanent resident alien (with a two-year green card). A separate form is also required for the latter two options. You’ll need at least a 650 credit score and a history of on-time payments to qualify. Features include:
- Loan amounts ranging from $5,000 to $75,000
- Fixed APRs from 5.99% to 17.24%
- 36 to 60 month terms
Getting a personal loan from Upgrade means you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or living in the U.S. on a valid visa. You also need to be at least 18 (or 19 in some states). Upgrade personal loan features include:
- Loan amounts ranging from $1,000 to $35,000
- APRs from 7.99% to 35.97%¹
- 36 or 60 month terms
To be eligible for a personal loan from SoFi, you’ll need to be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or visa holder (J-1, H-1B, E-2, O-1 or TN). If you’re a permanent resident or visa holder, you have more than two years until your status expires, or you have filed an extension, renewal or an application for permanent residency. Personal loan features include:
- Loan amounts ranging from $5,000 to $100,000
- APRs from 5.99% to 16.19%²
- Terms ranging from 24 to 84 months
Stilt specializes in loans for immigrants and those from underserved communities. The company helps international students, visa holders and non-U.S. citizens. You must be physically present in the U.S. with a U.S. bank account and U.S. address. Loan features include:
- Loan amounts ranging from $1,000 to $25,000
- APRs starting at 7.99%
- Terms ranging from 6 to 24 months
FAQ on personal loans for non-U.S. citizens
Why would a non-U.S. citizen need a personal loan?
For the same reason everyone else does: To get money to pay for something. Whether it’s to help consolidate debt, pay for a major move or get out of a financial bind, a personal loan is made for whatever you need.
What do I need to prove to get a personal loan?
You’ll need to have some sort of identification, such as your green card, visa, Social Security card or driver’s license. Also provide proof of your address (such as a utility bill), income and employment verification.
Do I need a cosigner?
It depends on your credit history, credit score and if you qualify for the loan on your own. Also, not all lenders allow cosigners (although many do). You’ll need to check with the individual lender before applying.
Which lender is best?
“Best” is relative to you and your financial situation. Some have lower APRs while others tout no fees. Maybe you need to take out a bigger loan than what some lenders offer, so that could narrow your focus. Don’t settle on which personal loan lender is the overall best; instead, find the one that offers you the best deal.
Personal loans for non-U.S. citizens exist — but take caution
Whether you choose a lender who specializes in loans for immigrants or one that lends to everyone, you have options. Your status as a non-U.S. citizen doesn’t define everything.
Personal loans are available to many different types of people — non-U.S. citizens included. Research each of them thoroughly before you sign up. Check out terms, what your monthly payment would be, how much you’ll end up paying in interest and if there are any fees that could potentially be costly. Not all lenders operate the same, so find the one that’s the best fit for you and your financial situation.
¹Personal loans made through Upgrade feature APRs of 7.99%-35.97%. All personal loans have a 2.9% to 8% origination fee, which is deducted from the loan proceeds. Lowest rates require Autopay and paying off a portion of existing debt directly. For example, if you receive a $10,000 loan with a 36-month term and a 17.98% APR (which includes a 14.32% yearly interest rate and a 5% one-time origination fee), you would receive $9,500 in your account and would have a required monthly payment of $343.33. Over the life of the loan, your payments would total $12,359.97. The APR on your loan may be higher or lower and your loan offers may not have multiple term lengths available. Actual rate depends on credit score, credit usage history, loan term, and other factors. Late payments or subsequent charges and fees may increase the cost of your fixed rate loan. There is no fee or penalty for repaying a loan early. Personal loans issued by Upgrade's lending partners. Information on Upgrade's lending partners can be found at https://www.upgrade.com/lending-partners/.
²Fixed rates from 5.99% APR to 16.19% APR (with AutoPay). SoFi rate ranges are current as of July 10, 2020 and are subject to change without notice. See Personal Loan eligibility details. Not all applicants qualify for the lowest rate. If approved for a loan, to qualify for the lowest rate, you must have a responsible financial history and meet other conditions. Your actual rate will be within the range of rates listed above and will depend on a variety of factors, including evaluation of your credit worthiness, income, and other factors. See APR examples and terms. The SoFi 0.25% AutoPay interest rate reduction requires you to agree to make monthly principal and interest payments by an automatic monthly deduction from a savings or checking account. The benefit will discontinue and be lost for periods in which you do not pay by automatic deduction from a savings or checking account.
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