Financial core status is not simply a status for actors within SAG-AFTRA. Instead, financial core is a status any worker can declare within nearly every labor union in the United States.
This means that financial core status is something an actor can declare in SAG-AFTRA as well as declare in Actors’ Equity Association and other performer unions.
However, in order to declare financial core status within a union, you must currently be a member of the union, or you must be eligible to join the union. If you are currently a non-union actor who is not yet eligible to join a union, you are not in a position to declare financial core status.