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Old May 19th 2011, 4:47 pm
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I am waiting for an FB 3 visa, probably got another 5 years or so left.

My question is, can I open a bank account in the states from here in the UK and pay into it while I wait?

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Old May 19th 2011, 6:10 pm
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It'll be hard, most want to see you in person, but it's not against the law...might be easier using a US bank who has a presence in the UK.
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Old May 19th 2011, 7:41 pm
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try Wells Fargo
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Old May 19th 2011, 10:19 pm
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Thank you very much.
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I too am waiting for a family sponcer visa its my understanding you cant open account while in Uk
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I too am waiting for a family sponcer visa its my understanding you cant open account while in Uk
try the above link.
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I stand corrected
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I believe that if you select a bank account that attracts interest, even a crappy 0.4% like many do, then you will need to provide a W-9 form soon after opening the account, and your W-9 form will contain either your SSN or your TIN.

SSN = social security number - you'll only get one of these typically once your visa is agreed & you are personally in the US.
TIN = tax ID number - this allows you to engage in various financial transactions (such as paying money in to a US savings account) and file a tax return each year to the US tax authorities - which I believe you may have to do.

Good luck with it all!

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