Hi guys, I do hope this is the correct forum for this query. I have an established credit history outside of the U.S.. I'm also a U.S. citizen and have U.S. bank account: I'm just not a resident, and I have no credit history there. Well, that was the case until recently. I applied through my bank for a very basic no fees credit card, explaining that I was not a US resident currently, but that I had a SSN, etc. and that I intend to live there again eventually, and wanted a credit history. I thus have three questions: 1) Would it be appropriate for me to at some point in the near future apply for mileage/points-type cards, despite my non-resident status? I assume my own bank was lenient with regards to my status, and hence approved me. Can I expect the same leniency--in terms of resident status, needing to use a family members mailing address, etc--from some bank I have no history with? 2) Regardless of the answer to the first question, how long does it take to get ones FICO score up to a reasonably good level (enough to do a bit of churning) when they had no credit history in the country previously. 3) Finally, when I do eventually move back to the U.S., I also intend to transfer over an AMEX card, using that "moving abroad" feature. Does anyone here either have knowledge of or prior experience with this process? And do you know whether or not your AMEX credit history moves with you when you transfer it, or does it start anew? Thanks!