Arriving in the United States and beginning their new life, is an exciting time for an immigrant. This is a point in their life that they will be making a new start and as a result, they will need a new financial start to their new life. This will involve going to a bank and starting a checking account. The process of this on their own can be a little overwhelming for a new citizen of this country. For these people the professional help of a personal finance advisor or lawyer will be well-advised. The following is some useful information that will help guide a new citizen to getting a bank account established with little to no trouble.
This can be a very exciting time for the immigrant. First things first though, there needs to be a little research done in regard to seeing the banks that will set up an account with very few restrictions as well as those that have very strict policies to deal with. The first item that has to be confirmed is that the person in question is in fact a legal citizen or resident alien of the country. This will be able to be confirmed with the paperwork that the applicant will have when they apply for citizenship in the country.
After this has been established, the next order of business will be to determine the reason for the account. Is this an account that will be used to pay bills, will this be used to receive payroll checks? These are important factors that have to be established in a process of getting the account set up and that the immigrant is getting the account that is right for them and their needs.
After this has been done, then the account will be established. As with any other new account holder, the new citizen will need some money that they can deposit. This will be one of the last steps that will need to be done to get an account up and active.
As mentioned before, the use of a lawyer will best be advised as they will be able to get the process done in a lot faster time and will help avoid any issues that might appear along the way. They can be very effective in getting a bank that is tough on approving new applicants for an account to open. If not certain on the use of a lawyer, then ask around and see if there is a recommended bank that friends might use. Many of the accounts that are opened up tend to come from recommendations that are made by a friend or family member.
Taking all of this advice into consideration will lead an immigrant to getting a new bank account that they can be proud of and need to live their new life effectively. There is no better feeling than having independence, especially when it comes to getting this independence in their financial life. There is no reason for this to result into a disaster just due to some bad decisions that are made on the person applying for the account.