The Chapter 7 bankruptcy will remain on your credit for 10 years from the date your case was filed. The date of discharge is unimportant. See the Fair Credit Reporting Act, link below, for the law that allows this. Just having your bankruptcy removed from your credit report will not give you good credit, an empty report can be worse than a bad report. I have published a 10 part series explaining how you can rebuild your credit after a bankruptcy and the link to the list of all of my articles is below. Hope this perspective helps!
10 years from the date of filing. If your credit is bad already the bankruptcy normally doesn't do as much damage to your credit scores. Most people will get offers for credit after filing. It is a matter of how you rebuild your credit and how far from discharge you are. It is also a matter of income etc. You can rebuild your credit after discharge.
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Generally speaking, a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy is considered a serious on a credit report for 2 years after the filing date. Yes, I know, it shows for 10 years, but after the first 2 years, you will find your credit pretty normal.
Believe it or not, most people IMPROVE their credit when they file for bankruptcy. Their job is not longer in danger from garnishment. Their car isn't getting repoed. And their home is safe. Good luck.
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