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Hi VJers,

My spouse and I jointly purchased a new car exactly one month back. At the time of purchase and during this last month, we were never asked for my green card. Since our time to pay the first payment is fast approaching AND since we never received any paperwork from our lien holder bank, we contacted the bank directly. I'm now told that the bank did not initiate the paperwork because they don't have my GC or any form of valid status proof. Is this normal to be asked the GC for a car purchase? It just seems really odd. The bank also asked us to give the first payment to the dealership since the deadline is approaching. Does all this seem normal?

Thanx for your responses.

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I've never heard of that. They should just ask for a piece of ID and SSN. I have never been asked to prove my legal status. What did you show for ID? I guess they just want to see a US issued ID.


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Yeah, I know it's for the loan, but it's odd, I've never been asked for proof of legal status in order to get a car loan.


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Filed: AOS (pnd) Country: Philippines
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This is probably the loan company requirements.

Personally I don't know if I would provide it to them, Maybe go somewhere and have some one make up a fake card to give them or just tell them you are not comfortable providing that personal information to them, I would think they would waive that requirements

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The bank probably has a policy of not issuing car loans to people who do not have status in the US. They would lose a lot of money if they funded loans to people just visiting.


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I'm guessing that wanting to know my legal status stems from the fact that I provided my state ID as ID proof at the time of purchase. My state ID is "outdated" since it has the word "temporary" on it from when I got it when I was an F1 student. I didn't renew my state ID because I'm studying to get a driver's license. Maybe this is the trigger?

However what stinks is that our first payment deadline is coming in days and had we not called the bank ourselves to ask where's the paperwork, nobody would have informed us of anything and we'd be the ones to be penalized for being late with the very first payment. Aside from being suddenly asked to provide my PR card, I'm also not liking to pay directly to the dealership. What if the dealership doesn't provide our payment to the bank on time?

NigeriaorBust - You make a very good point. If asking for my PR card is legal then I have no problem. However I don't know that for sure and I'm certainly not liking how both the car dealership and bank are being unprofessional in not having informed us ahead of time.

VOL - Dude I'm not going to fake anything and get into trouble.

I'd be interested to hear from others who may have come across a similar situation. Thanks all for your responses so far.

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What I find strange is they are asking for it after you already have the car. Seems a bit late to be changing their requirements.


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Just providing an update for others who may run into a similar situation in the future. I ended up providing a black and white copy of my green card so that no one messes with my gc and I scheduled bill pay with my bank directly to be issused to the loan bank.

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