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U.S. Bank Account for Foreign Business Owners

KEEP IN MIND: The article is for informational purposes only. Our company does not specialize in nor offers the banking process.

As you probably learned by now, after 9/11 and with the passing of the Patriot Act it became really hard for foreigners to open U.S. bank accounts. Today all U.S. banks are required to document verification that the person opening the account is the person on the I.D. they’re receiving. The easiest solutions practically all banks chose to go with is simply having one of the employees in their branches make sure that the person opening the account in the branch is the same person on the photo I.D.

From time to time we find opportunities with certain branches of big banks that allow us to open accounts for our clients without requiring their physical presence. Once we discover a way to do that we will publish it in this article. Below you can find all the recent working solutions, their cost, terms, and statistics.

Currently we have no available solutions for remote bank account opening. Our past solution can be seen below (those solutions are unfortunately no longer offered by the banks).

You are welcome to research other options and alternatives for banking here.

Past Solutions (No Longer Offered)

Solution #1: Remote Business Bank Account opening in Citibank® (California).
Available From: October 2013
Unavailabe From: May 2014
Successfully Opened: Per applicant’s country:
Australia: 1 account
Germany: 1 account
India: 2 accounts
South Africa: 1 account
Sweden: 1 account
UK: 2 accounts
Failed to Open: Per applicant’s country:
Libya: 1 account

Solution #2: Remote Business Bank Account opening in East West Bank.
Available From: February 2014
Unavailable From: June 2014
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About The Author Robert Kowalski is a seasoned incorporator and business filing specialist with over 10 years experience consulting emerging companies with their business filing needs. Robert served as the chief editor and one of the top contributors to Answers @


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