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Can this be done with no SSN and just an I-551 in the IR1? I have Transferwise right now so can exchange £ to $ no problem but it's not convenient to use Transferwise as a primary bank account. Would like to set up a proper US bank account as soon as possible but not sure if I need the SSN first. 

 

Could someone please advise?

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12 minutes ago, TTG said:

Can this be done with no SSN and just an I-551 in the IR1? I have Transferwise right now so can exchange £ to $ no problem but it's not convenient to use Transferwise as a primary bank account. Would like to set up a proper US bank account as soon as possible but not sure if I need the SSN first. 

 

Could someone please advise?

Go to Bank of America or Wells Fargo, both will allow you to open an account without SSN no issues. Just take passport and foreign bank/debit card and address information. You can be loaded both as non resident or resident. Good luck.

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17 minutes ago, kiwihurricane15 said:

Go to Bank of America or Wells Fargo, both will allow you to open an account without SSN no issues. Just take passport and foreign bank/debit card and address information. You can be loaded both as non resident or resident. Good luck.

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6 hours ago, TTG said:

Can this be done with no SSN and just an I-551 in the IR1? I have Transferwise right now so can exchange £ to $ no problem but it's not convenient to use Transferwise as a primary bank account. Would like to set up a proper US bank account as soon as possible but not sure if I need the SSN first. 

 

Could someone please advise?

Social Security Numbers are not needed to open an account by law.  Banks have their own requirements, look around and find one that you like.  


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19 hours ago, Chris Duffy said:

Banks have their own requirements, look around and find one that you like.  

I was also going to suggest this.  Some of the regional and local/area banks can be even more accommodating and flexible than the national banks.  Do shop around.


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Have you tried Capital One?


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PNC is another bank that allows you to sign up for an account without an SSN. Don't be daunted if they ask you to sign something called a W-8; it doesn't have anything to do with anything except any interest that may accrue on the account (it's next to nothing in most cases). They want to make sure they can report the interest to the IRS properly.

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