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Alpaca How To

How to Open a Live Trading Account as a Non-US Resident?

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In this tutorial series, we will learn about how to open a live trading account with Alpaca as a Non-US resident. We will move forward assuming that you’ve registered on the Alpaca website. If you haven’t please visit Alpaca and sign up. Feel free to check out the other tutorials in this series at Alpaca Resources.

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After logging in to your account at, your account should show you both of these options on  the screen, where you can sign up either as an individual or a business entity.

Individual or Business Trading Account
Individual or Business Trading Account

Step 2:

The next screen will ask you to choose your taxation status. If you are not a U.S. tax resident, click “No” and move on to step 3.

Check out “How to open an account as a US resident” in the onboarding guide series if you are a US resident.

Tax Resident Question
Tax Resident Question

Step 3:

That should lead you to the page where you will be able to register for our invite only beta program for non-US residents to open live trading accounts.

Non-U.S. Residents
Non-U.S. Residents

Step 4:

Please fill out this form to get on the invite list.

Alpaca International Live Trading Account: Interest Indication Form
Alpaca international live-trading account is now invite-only beta ✌️! Please voice your interest here to stay updated for us to onboard you. We are working to remove certain restrictions that we have for today’s beta program, and we start sending invites to the users who are okay with (1) $30,000 i…

Step 5:

Below find a GIF showing everything we have discussed today:

Summary GIF
Summary GIF

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