Applying for a Credit Card? Prepare These Credit Card Requirements First

Published: September 1, 2020 | Updated: September 17, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Credit Card


Credit Card Requirements in the Philippines | Moneymax

Credit cards can help you build a good credit history and save money with numerous benefits and rewards. Despite these perks, only less than 10% of Filipinos own a credit card[1]. Perhaps, many are discouraged by credit card requirements imposed by banks.

In addition, many individuals are deterred by credit card debt—even if debt and credit cards do not come together[2]. Credit cards, when used responsibly, can be great for your financial well-being.

Preparing for the application is vital to ensure that you’re getting the best chance of approval. To help you get your application ready, we listed down the credit card requirements from some of the top banks in the country.

Credit Card Requirements in the Philippines

AUB

AUB logo

Credit cards offered:

Eligibility:

  • Must be 21 to 65 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • For employed: must be employed for at least a year
  • For self-employed: business must be operating for at least a year

Basic credit card requirements for AUB:

  • One valid ID
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • Seven to 10 working days upon submission of complete requirements

BDO

BDO logo

Credit cards offered:

  • Visa Classic
  • Standard Mastercard
  • ShopMore Mastercard
  • Gold Mastercard
  • Titanium Mastercard

For a more complete list, visit the BDO website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be 21 to 70 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 180,000
  • For employed: must be a regular employee
  • For self-employed: business must be operating for at least two years

Basic credit card requirements for BDO:

  • Accomplished application form
  • One valid ID
  • Landline phone number
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • For foreigners, copy of employment contract and valid passport with resident visa

Processing time:

  • Seven to 10 working days upon submission of complete requirements

Read more: Visa vs Mastercard: Which Credit Card Brand is Better?

BPI

BPI logo

Credit cards offered:

  • Visa Signature Card
  • BPI Family Credit Card
  • Edge Mastercard
  • Gold Mastercard

For a more complete list, visit the BPI website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 15,000

Basic credit card requirements for BPI:

  • Accomplished application form
  • A mobile number and a landline number
  • One valid ID
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants

Processing time:

  • One to two weeks upon submission of complete requirements

Chinabank

Chinabank logo

Credit cards offered:

  • World Mastercard
  • Platinum Mastercard
  • Freedom Mastercard
  • Cash Rewards Mastercard

For a more complete list, visit the Chinabank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be a Philippine resident
  • Must be 21 to 70 years old
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 180,000

Basic credit card requirements for Chinabank:

  • Accomplished application form
  • One valid ID
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants

Processing time:

  • 10 to 15 working days upon submission of complete requirements

Citibank

citi-logo

Credit cards offered:

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 180,000
  • Must have a mobile number or a landline number

Basic credit card requirements for Citibank:

  • Accomplished application form
  • Have a valid TIN, SSS, GSIS, or UMID number
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • Payroll account bank statement, stating your one-month salary

Processing time:

  • One to two weeks upon submission of complete requirements

Read more: Citi Credit Card Application: An Easy 5-Step Guide

EastWest Bank

eastwest-logo

Credit cards offered:

  • Priority Visa Infinite
  • Platinum Mastercard
  • EveryDay Titanium Mastercard
  • Practical Mastercard

For a more complete list, visit the EastWest Bank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 120,000

Basic credit card requirements for EastWest Bank:

  • One valid ID
  • Landline or mobile phone number
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)

Processing time:

  • 10 to 15 working days upon submission of complete requirements

HSBC

HSBC logo

Credit cards offered:

Eligibility:

  • Must be 18 to 70 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Have a primary credit card for at least one year

Basic credit card requirements for HSBC:

  • A mobile number or a landline number
  • Two valid IDs
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • Five to 10 working days upon submission of complete requirements

Read more: HSBC Credit Card Application: A Guide for First-Timers

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Maybank

 

Maybank logo

Credit cards offered:

For a more complete list, visit the Maybank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be 21 to 65 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner

Basic credit card requirements for Maybank:

  • A mobile number or a landline number
  • One valid ID
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • 10 to 15 working days upon submission of complete requirements

Metrobank

Metrobank logo

 

Credit cards offered:

For a more complete list, visit the Metrobank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 180,000

Basic credit card requirements for Metrobank:

  • One valid ID
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • Two to three weeks upon submission of complete requirements

PNB

PNB logo

Credit cards offered:

  • Ze-Lo Mastercard
  • Essentials Mastercard
  • Platinum Mastercard

Eligibility:

  • Must be 21 to 65 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 120,000
  • For employed: must be a regular employee
  • For self-employed: business must be operating for at least two years

Basic credit card requirements for PNB:

  • One valid ID
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • Four to six weeks upon submission of requirements

RCBC

RCBC logo

Credit cards offered:

For a more complete list, visit the RCBC website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • For employed: must be employed for at least a year

Basic credit card requirements for Metrobank:

  • Accomplished application form
  • One valid ID
  • A landline or mobile number
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • As fast as one hour upon submission of complete requirements, depending on the eligibility of the client.

Security Bank

Security Bank logo

Credit cards offered:

  • Classic Rewards
  • Mastercard Gold Rewards
  • Mastercard Platinum
  • Complete Cashback

For a more complete list, visit the Security Bank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be 21 to 65 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner
  • Gross annual income of at least PHP 180,000
  • For employed: must be a regular employee for at least a year
  • For self-employed: business must be operating for at least three years

Basic credit card requirements for Security Bank:

  • A landline number
  • Government-issued ID
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • At least five working days upon submission of complete requirements

UnionBank

Unionbank logo

 

Credit cards offered:

For a more complete list, visit the UnionBank website.

Eligibility:

  • Must be 18 to 70 years old
  • Must be a Filipino citizen or local resident foreigner

Basic credit card requirements for UnionBank:

  • One valid ID
  • Accomplished application form
  • Proof of income (pay slips, latest BIR form 2316, Certificate of Employment, etc.)
  • DTI/SEC Registration for self-employed applicants
  • Alien Certificate of Registration for foreign applicants

Processing time:

  • Seven to 10 working days upon submission of complete requirements

5 Tips When Applying for a Credit Card

Credit Card Requirements - Tips When Applying

To have a smooth credit card application process, consider the following tips:

Get a card that fits your budget

Consider applying for a credit card that fits both your needs and budget. Ask yourself: where will I use my credit card? How much can I afford for monthly payments? Will payments strain my current budget? These may help you determine the best card for you.

Compare credit cards

Compare credit cards in terms of interest rates, features and benefits, minimum repayment amount, fees, and charges. Again, consider your finances when comparing credit cards to see which one suits you best.

Limit your credit card applications

Don’t apply for too many credit cards at once. Banks may inquire about your recent financial history, including existing credit card applications. It may appear that you’re having a hard time getting an application approved, or you’re taking on more debt, which negatively affects your chance of getting approval.

Prepare your documents beforehand

Getting all the required documents in order before sending your credit card application can save you a lot of time. Make a checklist of your bank’s application requirements and tick each one off once you get them ready.

Understand the terms and conditions

Read the conditions to know more about the credit card fees, interest rates, and other details of the card. This will help you use your credit card more responsibly. It will also help you maximize the benefits the credit card has to offer that you may not be aware of otherwise.

Final Thoughts

Getting a card is exciting, but it’s important to prepare the credit card requirements beforehand to ensure a smooth-sailing application process. Make sure to apply for a credit card that you qualify for and can afford. Read the terms and conditions, so you’re aware of what you’re signing up for. Once you get approval, use your credit card responsibly.

Read More: How to Apply for a Credit Card: What Beginners Need to Know

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