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When can I apply for credit after filing for bankruptcy?

February 26, 2010

The decision whether to extend a person credit is up to each individual creditor. There is no law that dictates how long you must wait after filing for bankruptcy before you can seek a credit card or loan.

Creditors vary greatly from one another in their willingness to grant credit to a person who has recently filed for bankruptcy. While bankruptcy can remain on your credit report for up to 10 years, it is quite possible to establish good credit within a short time after filing for bankruptcy.

Obtaining and using credit is critical to your ability to improve your credit score after bankruptcy, which is why financial experts recommend that you apply for a secured credit card. With a secured credit card, you are given a line of credit equal to an amount of money you deposit with the issuing bank. You may be able to find one that converts to an unsecured credit card after 12 to 18 months of on-time payments.

Another important step you can take to rebuild your credit after bankruptcy is ensuring that your credit report is accurate. Review a copy of your credit report to ensure you’re your discharged debts are no longer listed as open and overdue.

The bottom line is that credit will be available to you even after you file for bankruptcy. You won’t have to wait until the bankruptcy disappears from your credit report before you will be able to obtain a loan or credit card.


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