Credit card is like a magnet and the reason it attracts an individual is that it gives money to spend and a time limit to repay that money. One of the most important criterions taken into consideration by lenders before approving credit card is the annual income apart from the credit history, loan/card payment history and others. Even if an individual meets the income criteria, many a times card application gets rejected due to untold reasons which are simply unconvincing.
But what if someone does not work in a prominent company i.e. the person is non-salaried/self employed or a retired individual with no regular income source? Will he/she get credit card approval? The answer is YES, provided you show that you have a capacity to repay the money owed.
Credit card for non-salaried or self employed individuals are available however the eligibility criteria are little stringent compared to salaried. And the reason is justifiable because ultimately the card company is at risk when the card user turns out to be a defaulter.
Eligibility Criteria/Documents Required:
- Non-salaried individuals are required to produce last 3 years income tax return documents. Check out credit cards for low income individuals.
- ID & address proof.
- Lender might also ask for business details to judge the repayment capacity.
- Credit score should be good.
- Age should be between 18-65 years (Maximum age limit varies for each lender).
- Salary requirement varies for each lender. Listed below is the table showing minimum annual income requirement for non-salaried individuals by different credit card lenders.
|Sr.No.||Name of Bank||Card Name||Minimum Annual Income Required|
|1||HSBC||Gold Card||Rs. 2,40,000
|2||HSBC||Classic Card||Rs. 1,44,000
|3||Axis Bank||Gold Card||Rs. 1,80,000
|4||Axis Bank||Insta Easy Card||FD account is must with minimum Rs. 20,000 & maximum Rs.25,00,000|
|5||ICICI Bank||HPCL Card||Rs. 1,44,000|
|6||HDFC Bank||Gold & Silver||Rs. 1,50,000|
|7||Kotak Mahindra Bank||Trump and Fortune Gold Card||Rs. 3,00,000|
|8||Andhra Bank||Platinum Credit Card||Rs. 3,00,000|
|9||Vijaya Bank||VISA & MasterCard Classic, Platinum Card||Rs. 50,000 (Account with the bank is must)|
|10||Vijaya Bank||Platinum Card||Rs. 50,000 (Account with the bank is must OR Term Deposit of Rs 50000/- for two years OR Average balance of Rs 50000/- in the savings bank account)|
|11||Vijaya Bank||VISA Gold||Rs. 1,00,000 (Account with the bank is must)|
|12||Corporation Bank||Classic Card||Rs. 1,50,000|
|13||Corporation Bank||Gold Card||Rs. 3,00,000|
|14||Bank of Baroda||Titanium Master||Rs. 2,00,000|
|15||Bank of Baroda||Platinum Visa||Rs. 4,00,000|
|16||Bank of Baroda||Platinum Master||Rs. 6,00,000|
|17||Bank of Baroda||Signature Visa||Rs. 12,00,000|
|18||Bank of Baroda||Assure||Fixed Deposit of Rs. 25,000|
|19||Canara Bank||VISA Classic/MasterCard||Rs. 60,000|
|20||Canara Bank||VISA international Gold Card||Rs. 2,00,000|
|21||Punjab National Bank||Classic Card||Rs. 10,00,000|
Note: Interested individuals should check with the banks for others terms and conditions, charges etc.
Also remember that – when an application is denied by a lender it does not mean that it will be denied by all. You can still approach other banks. But remember that too many applications are not good as it hurts credit score.
Also once you get a credit card, make sure to spend within the credit limit and make payments on time every month without a single miss. This is because a single delay in payment can impact your credit score which in turn reduces your loan/card application getting rejected irrespective of the assets/money you have.