For the past couple of days I have been struggling to get a bank account opened online. Because I still do not have an active Social Security and I have only recently applied for it, the brands like Bank of America and a few other online facilities are reluctant to extend banking relationship with me. My employer wants me to furnish the information for setting up the payroll and pertinent stuff.
Hence today I set on on a neighborhood stroll of finance window shopping. I found out a bank called BB&T (FDIC approved) and inquired with them whether they can help out with an account. They were glad to open one with my passport and with a pre-condition that I would need to furnish them the social once it comes in after two weeks. Before I started, I also got the following from my client to fulfill the same.
- An bonafide offer of employment certifying my residence in the vicinity.
- The reimbursement of travel expenses (paid in INR and reimbursed in $) which I can use to open the bank account.
With the blessings of my Lord, sowed the sweet seeds of banking relationship in the land of immigrants.