As we do so much work with people from other counties we commonly get asked who can file for bankruptcy. This question was settled in the 2005 changes. Any individual residing domiciled, or having property or a place of business in the United States may file a chapter 7 bankruptcy. To be eligible, the individual must, with certain rare exceptions, have received a credit counseling briefing from an approved agency within the 180 days before filing the bankruptcy petition. The individual need not be insolvent and no other test is required to have been met. A person, whether a citizen of the United States or not , may file a bankruptcy case even if the person does not reside in the United States, as long as the person has assets in the United States.