How To Go About Getting On Fi-Core Status

By Jeff Hatch

To go Fi-Core, you must submit a written request simply stating your wish to "enable your Financial Core status" or words to that effect, to SAG-AFTRA, Attn: Legal Dept. 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

There are pro-Fi-Core websites that offer sample paragraphs that give a more formal statement of how one might word their letter to request Fi-Core, but the only essential element is “I request to enable my Financial Core Rights” along with your name and performer number.

IMPORTANT: SEND THIS REQUEST BY CERTIFIED MAIL, RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED AND INCLUDE YOUR ORIGINAL SIGNATURE (not a stamp signature).

This is important because the Union does not have to acknowledge that they received your request in the mail if they do not have to sign for it. Remember, they may call you and attempt to change your mind. If you are resolute, and do not change your mind after enduring their full-court-press to keep you as a member in good standing, you will receive a letter confirming your new status.

Next: Is The Financial Core Option Right For Me?


This is one of a series of questions and answers regarding Financial Core for SAG-AFTRA members. Jump to a question:

Intro: Everything You Wanted To Know About Fi-Core But Were Afraid To Ask

What is Financial Core?

Why Would A SAG-AFTRA Actor Want To Go Fi-Core?

Why Would An Actor NOT Want To Choose Fi-Core? What Are The Consequences?

What Does The Union Say About Fi-Core And What Are The Arguments For It?

Is There Really A Stigma Against Fi-Core Actors In The Industry?

Will I Lose My Pension And Benefits?

Right To Work And Fi-Core Permanence

What If I'm SAG-AFTRA And Just Take Non-Union Gigs 'Under The Radar?'

How Many Fi-Core Members Are There?

Fi-Core And The SAG-AFTRA Merger

Does SAG-AFTRA Offer More Detailed Information About Financial Core?

How Would I Go About Getting On Fi-Core Status?

Is The Financial Core Option Right For Me?

References And Resources

About Jeff Hatch

Jeff Hatch trained as a theatre actor in college and conservatory programs and appeared in regional and local theatre in Southern California, Utah and Arizona before pursuing Film and Television in LA. He has worked in several TV, Film and Commercial projects over the past 10 years. He has recently booked several roles in independent feature films, shorts, a prime-time network comedy, a daytime soap and multiple re-enactment documentary programs. Read more about Jeff on IMDb.

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