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I left money in my JP Bank account when I permanently departed Japan. What are my options for accessing it?

I previously resided in Japan, but I left the country two years ago and no longer have residence status. What are my options for accessing the money I left in my Japan Post Bank account there? More ...
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Bank acount, debit card and currency in Uruguay

I am relocating from Poland to Montevideo, Uruguay for 6 months. I wonder what is the best way to handle money once I'm there. I don't want to take a lot of cash on me (definitely not for the entire 6 ...
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Retiring to Europe- need US phone number for Bank transactions. Bank only accepts 2 FA through SMS from a US number. Can not find a provider-NO VoIP

My question is about Banks, 2 factor authentication, US phone number, SMS
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Problem accessing Bank of China account from the UK

My wife has a Bank of China account that she opened in China. The phone number on the account is no longer active, the contract was cancelled long ago. She currently lives in the UK. She wants to ...
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How are Russians who oppose/distrust their government supposed to live abroad? [closed]

In the last six weeks since Russia's unprovoked and illegal attack against Ukraine, a lot of young Russians have left the country in protest against their government. However, paradoxically, Western ...
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ING bank Netherlands closed account wit negative balance

I´m foreigner and 12.1 I closed my ING orange account by MijnIng with last balance 0,60eur. All went smooth. About week later I get letter ,,Afschrift Betaalrekening´´ and there are two fees from 14.1....
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How to send money overseas to family without falling prey to scams? [closed]

For the first time in my life I am looking into sending money overseas. I know that I could "easily" do it through my bank, but I have heard from many sides that the "easy" comes ...
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Is it possible to open a bank account in Belgium with a Carte E or E+?

Is it possible to open a bank account in Belgium with only a "Carte E", which is given to non Belgian EU citizens?
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ABN AMRO hiked its fees on accounts when you live outside NL - what to do?

Starting July 2021, ABN AMRO has introduced a steep fee on accounts of people living outside NL: Between 2 and 15 EUR / month just for having the account, depending on the country you live in. This ...
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Can you keep a Bank of America account with no US phone number?

I recently moved to India from the US and have an active Bank of America account in the US. I was able to update my new Indian address as my mailing address in my contact information but I am not able ...
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I live in Taiwan. A major US bank wants me to close my checking account, what should I do?

My wife and I are both US citizens. We opened a joint checking account with Wells Fargo bank in US in 1991. We moved back to our home town (Taipei, Taiwan) after I retired in 2009. During the past 12 ...
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Declaring Foreign Joint Bank accounts Netherlands

I live and work in the Netherlands. My 30% ruling is about to end during this year (2021) so for the current year's income tax return I will be asked to declare all my foreign bank accounts. I am ...
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Ex-Swedish resident without Swedish bank account; can I get a statutory pension overview without a Bank ID, or get a Bank ID living abroad?

I am a Dutch citizen and I have previously worked in Sweden and contributed to statutory and occupational pension schemes (see the findyourpension website for details on how pensions work in Sweden). ...
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How to find out the name of the person that an IBAN number belongs to?

If you have someone's IBAN number in another European country than the one you're in (therefore, no local branch of their bank of where you are), is there a way to find out the full name of the person ...
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Consequences of informing bank about leaving country

I left USA in 2019, but did not inform Bank of America about this. I am currently in Canada, continue to operate my BoA account for payments, and have substantial balance in the bank account in US. I ...
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Why might my Charles Schwab ATM card not get fees when involved in a currency exchange?‎

I am living abroad and one tip I got was to get a Charles Schwab checking account as they reimburse international ATM fees.‎ I checked my account and didn't see reimbursements,‎ and so I contacted ...
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Where could I open a savings account within the SEPA area easiest remotely with an EU passport?

I have a few euros incoming I would rather park in Europe for the time being as wiring to Canada would be a hassle and a serious waste of money, too. I am a Canadian-Hungarian dual citizen, with a ...
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Which banks in Spain are more willing to work with foreigners and expats?

I am buying a property in Spain, I got my N.I.C number from the consulate and already started visiting the properties. I was expecting to be able to open a 'foreigner' bank account with ease. Just ...
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Consequences of FATCA for US expats

Can any US citizens/tax-persons, resident outside the US, confirm that they (or Americans they know) can't open a residence-country bank account due to FATCA (or have had their existing acc. closed by ...
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Navigating Capital One's two factor SMS authentication from outside the United States

I have been facing the following problem/issue for some time, but don't yet have a solution. Of the face of it, it's a relatively trivial issue. And maybe I'm making it more complicated or difficult ...
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Amount credit vs Amount debit?

I'm an expat that recently moved to Germany. Immediately after relocating, I opened a Deutsche Bank account and received a Master Card and Maestro Card + access to my e-banking portal. However, I ...
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German/American Citizen tax liability after moving to Germany

I am currently living in the US, and planning on moving to Germany soon for personal reasons. I am currently happily working remotely as a contractor for an American company. What does this mean for ...
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Difficult to open bank accounts in EU countries?

In USA, I cannot open a checking or savings account because I choose not to unlock my credit records.  (Credit check required to deposit, not borrow?!?) In Spain, only an ID and address needed to ...
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Interests on "caution deposit" for rental in Germany

Does the tenant of a flat have any rights on the interests matured on the "caution deposit" or do they belong to the landlord? If yes, according to what percentage should the interests be calculated?
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What is the best Thailand bank to transfer money into and from Vietnam?

I live in Thailand and have two bank accounts: One at Krungsri and one at Kasikorn. I might need to stay in Vietnam about 6 months or more in the near future and if so, I would need to use a Thailand ...
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Buying a property in France when living in the UK

I am French, but have been living in the UK for the past 20+ years, where I pay all my taxes. Recently, I have inherited a small amount of money in France from my late grandparents, which I would like ...
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German Bank Account: Deutsche vs CommerzBank

I'll be arriving shortly in Germany for Work and my company has asked me to tell them my preferred bank to arrange an appointment. I'm looking at various options and Commerz Bank seems to quite good ...
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What are the necessary procedures (unregistering, etc) to follow when leaving Germany as an expat?

I am not an EU national, but I hold the passport of a country which is in the Schengen area. I have been living in Germany since 2012 and hold a residence permit (permanent starting June 2019) and ...
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Sequence of SSN, rental, bank account, etc, in USA to satisfy dependencies

I will soon be moving to the US on an H-1B visa. On arrival, among other things, I will need to apply for a SSN, open a bank account, and rent somewhere to live. What is the sequence in which these ...
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How can a US company regularly pay an overseas contractor?

I'm doing independent contract work for a small US company, remotely. I am not a US citizen nor resident, and do not have a US bank account. The company occasionally pays me sums of a few thousand ...
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A bank employee visited my flat in Germany [closed]

My landlord told me that someone working for the bank will come visit the flat and because I was busy I did not ask why. Then this bank employee came and took a picture of the flat ( and my furniture) ...
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How to deposit US social security in Japanese bank

How do I deposit US social security and pension directly to Japanese bank without an American bank?
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I've left the EU. Should I keep my bank account and credit card?

I was expatriated in the Netherlands for a little under three years, and am now back in my home country (Palestine/Israel). I don't expect to live in the EU again in the near future. I still have an ...
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Withdrawing money to buy a car in Japan

I'm an American living in Japan, and I'm looking to buy a car in Japan in the next couple months. I have a Chase bank account with a debit card and a Sapphire credit card. Unfortunately, I don't ...
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I am on B1/B2 visa and want to open a credit union account in the US. Can I apply for ITIN to do this? Is this a bad idea?

I am on a B1/B2 visa and want to open a Boeing Employee Credit Union (BECU) checking/savings account in Washington State. My purpose is so that I could have a checking/savings account with 0 USD ...
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Best way to take money from USA to Italy

I am in USA on temporary immigration status and I got an opportunity to move to Italy. I have saved up some money and I would like to use this money in Italy. There is a chance that I might return to ...
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How to avoid fees when making purchases in a different country?

I asked a similar question here about credit cards: How can I (a US citizen) set up my bank/money when I move to Portugal? From the answer there it seems like there are some cards that have no ...
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Do I need a local German bank account, if I have an account in another eurozone country?

SEPA is supposed to provide for a single Euro payments area, where direct deposits and direct debits are supposed to be unified across the eurozone. IBAN replaces local bank account numbers. A ...
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How can I (a US citizen) set up my bank/money when I move to Portugal?

I'm a US citizen and I've lived in the US all my life. Soon I will be moving to Portugal for 6-12 months. How can I set up my money situation so that I don't have to pay an international fee every ...
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Opening a German bank account remotely from Romania

I have been informed by my new employer that I need to supply them with a valid German bank account. I am starting with them in one month, and have no apartment (in the search for which I also need a ...
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Paying off a credit card balance with a foreign bank?

I am getting ready to start a job in Israel, and have been told that the company requires me to have an Israeli bank account that they will direct deposit my salary into. I have heard that credit ...
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Why do some US banks not allow US citizens living in Ireland to open/maintain accounts?

Charles Schwab is closing my account because I inquired about changing my address to my Irish residence. I am not sure if the other bank accounts I have in the US have similar policies, but am afraid ...
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Are there any banks in Canada that don't charge large fees for transactions in foreign currencies? [closed]

Looking at the offers from Canadian banks it seems that the choice is quite poor for people who travel a lot. Every bank seems to charge 2.5% on top of dubious exchange rates for every transaction in ...
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Are personal cheques still used in Canada?

When looking at bank account options in Canada I can see that many still offer free personal cheques. To me this is something out of the movies, since I've never written a cheque as a (young) European....
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Can I create another bank account in a different branch in China? [closed]

I already have a few Chinese bank accounts (ICBC, Construction Bank, and China Merchants Bank). But all of them were opened in Shanghai, and I want to create a new account in different cities. So can ...
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How are saving accounts taxed in The Netherlands?

When inheritance money that was already taxed in the country of origin is credited into my Netherlands savings account, do I have to pay taxes on just what is earned by interest, or would I also be ...
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Dormant Bank Account in Israel

In 2010 I studied in Tel Aviv. During this period I had a student bank account. Unfortunately, I forgot to close my account before leaving, and was not able to close it until now. The account has ...
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How do bank transfer costs increase when you transfer further within the EU?

I know international bank transfers, across different national currencies, can get pretty expensive; while transfers between my own accounts in the same are typically free (may not be true everywhere)....
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UK taxes for non UK citizen and non UK resident holding bank account in the UK

I'm a non UK citizen (I'm Algerian) and non UK resident (I work in Saudi Arabia). I Hold a bank account with HSBC in UK. Do I have to pay taxes?
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Branch banking in the UK [closed]

It has been many decades but is it still true that in the UK you can do your banking only at the branch where you open your current account and not any other branch of the same bank like in the US?
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