Re: [canadian-6] Opening French Bank Account from Overseas?

From: user 5.
Sent on: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 8:07 PM
Sounds good Judi!  Way to go.  I think the key to your success was the
lease agreement.  And of course your passport.  Carmen



OK When I arrived in France, I went to the bank across the street from my
> house (CIC) ?I had my passport and my lease agreement and had the account
> open that day. ?I was told to pick up my cheques and Carte Bleu the
> following Saturday morning which was ready when I got there and in the
> meantime the PIN code was mailed to my house. ?There were no issues. ?I
> wire transfer online money back to Canada every month and it takes about 3
> days from when I send to when it reached RBC account in Canada. ?
> A smile goes a long way in France!
>
> Judi Gilliland
>
> --- On Wed, 6/24/09, Robert Salita <[address removed]> wrote:
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> From: Robert Salita <[address removed]>
> Subject: Re: [canadian-6] Opening French Bank Account from Overseas?
> To: [address removed]
> Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 3:33 AM
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> I was able to open an HSBC France account while in USA. I am a USA citizen
> and USA passport.
>
> Step 1: Call HSBC Canada and verify that they can help you.
> Step 2: Go to an HSBC Canada location and open an account. This is useful
> only to establish your identity within the HSBC system.
> Step 3: Once the HSBC Canada account is open, ask them to open an HSBC
> France account. Use a Canadian address for mailings. You will have to
> select an HSBC France agency location. There are many locations. If have
> no idea where you'll live, open an account at the Chatlet agency. It is
> central. You might be able to combine Steps 2 and 3. Be prepared to show
> them your passport, driver's license, credit card and proof of address in
> Canada. All documents may need to agree exactly on all details; name
> (first, middle and last) and address. It may require several trips to HSBC
> Canada to fix any irregularities.
> Step 4: Once your account is open, obtain a login to HSBC.fr. Set up
> transfers to/from your Canadian account so you can move money around
> (international wire transfers). You may need to fax some documents to your
> agency to do so. It is very helpful to be able to move money around
> online. FWIW, in America, Chase Bank allows online international bank
> trasfers. HSBC France allows online transfers too. Be aware that it takes
> weeks to set up the transfer systems. Afterwards it takes a week for an
> international wire transfer to be processed. This is France, you know.
>
> Be aware that the process is goofy so you may receive a "French
> experience'. Start the process early so you can fix any issues that arise.
> Likely it will take two weeks to two months. Ask to get a French credit
> card (Carte Blue) and checks. You'll need it at times. Expect that the
> credit card won't be sent to you correctly, this is normal. Expect that
> the credit card's PIN code won't be sent to you correctly, this is
> expected. Also, you'll have to track down your checks. Expect to take
> several weeks in France to locate your credit card and PIN.
>
> You can only do certain bank operations at your agency location, no matter
> what anyone tells you. While you can get money at any HSBC ATM (or other
> ATM), you can't deal with key issues (Where is my PIN code?) at any agency
> other than the one that holds your account. You'll have to make trips to
> the agency to unscrew the issues.
>
> It is difficult to transfer agency locations so choose wisely. If you wish
> to transfer agencies, you're bank account number will change which will
> undue all the hard work you did above. It may be best just to open a new
> account at your new location and start over. That will avoid transfer
> screw ups.
>
> I have seen great success in opening an HSBC bank account after arrival in
> France. I took a friend to an HSBC agency where they opened an account for
> him in four days. The only issue was that they had to send statements to
> his American address instead of French address. I believe he didn't have
> good proof of address here. I prefer to have my statements sent to America
> anyway. You can check all bank details online.
>
> Bon Chance!
>
> --- On Tue, 6/23/09, la canadienne <[address removed]> wrote:
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>> From: la canadienne <[address removed]>
>> Subject: [canadian-6] Opening French Bank Account from Overseas?
>> To: [address removed]
>> Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 11:01 PM
>> Greetings All,
>>
>> I will be moving to Paris this fall, and I need to open a
>> bank account
>> there. I heard that it's possible to open one before I even
>> arrive. Is
>> this true? Does anyone know of a bank that can do
>> this?? Merci!
>>
>>
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