Bank account

Jun 8th, 2016, 09:32 PM
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Bank account

Is it possible to open a bank account on a short stay visa in France?
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Jun 8th, 2016, 09:43 PM
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It should be noted that if you were born in, or live in the United States, the vast majority of bank will refuse to open an account due to the FATCA annoyances.
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Jun 8th, 2016, 10:15 PM
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Generally - no

If you are a US citizen - absolutely not
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Jun 8th, 2016, 10:19 PM
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Omani citizen I live in Oman…
I've an address in Paris (not mine, a family friend's)…
One month study course so that's why I'll be in France
PS- they don't issue study visas for shorter than 90 days courses I think so that's why it's a short stay tourist visa
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Jun 8th, 2016, 10:25 PM
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I can get a letter saying I'm a resident of the apartment but like I don't think I will be able to get any utility bills or whatnot
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Jun 8th, 2016, 10:35 PM
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Use ATMs and pay your utility bills with electronic transfers through companies like XE.com
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Jun 8th, 2016, 10:59 PM
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Bank will ask you to provide an electricty bill under your name.
Actually you'd be amazed at the number of places where they ask for an electricity bill...

This is the usual 'proof' that you reside in France. Then they'll open a bank account with some restrictions like being forbidden to go below 0 if you don't have a regular income.
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Jun 9th, 2016, 08:25 AM
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Why do you need to open a bank account just because you'll be in a place for a month? I've done that several times and never had any need to open a bank account where I was traveling. Don't you have credit cards and your own bank at home where you can get a debit card?
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Jun 9th, 2016, 09:49 AM
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HSBC on the Champs Elysées has a lot of experience with customers from the Gulf.
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