International students are eligible and encouraged to open a bank account in the United States. Having a U.S. bank account will provide you with a secure location for your money that is safe from theft or loss, and it will also allow you more flexibility and independence. Additionally, your sponsor will now have a convenient way to transfer funds for tuition and living expenses.
Requirements vary from bank to bank, but generally include two forms of identification. The primary form of identification must be a government-issued photo ID such as a passport. The secondary form of identification is different for each bank but might include any of the following: your college ID card (OwlCard at Foothill), a driver's license from California or a foreign country, a credit card with your photo, a social security card, a parent's credit card, a birth certificate, a letter from your current school, a copy of your U.S. visa, or a copy of your vehicle registration.
You may consult the publication Banking Guide for International Students compiled by US Bank to find more information about such banking basics as opening a checking account, filling out a check, ATM cards and check cards, Internet banking and more. US Bank also waives fees for incoming wire transfers to international student accounts.
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Find out more about our Transfer Agreements(pdf).
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