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Looking for an online bank with Visa or MC Debit cards


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#1 abendigo

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Posted 20 February 2004 - 10:12 PM

Oh, the kicker is I live in Canada. I called my bank (Royal Bank), and they told me no Canadian bank currently offers this, or is planning to any time soon. So, that means I need to take my money else where. Either in the U.S., or wherever. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 03:54 PM

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Oh, the kicker is I live in Canada. I called my bank (Royal Bank), and they told me no Canadian bank currently offers this, or is planning to any time soon. So, that means I need to take my money else where. Either in the U.S., or wherever. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Most banks in USA offer such debit cards. The question is which of them will open an account for you. If you have US social security number, then just ask banks if the fact that you do not live in US is going to be a problem. US banks need to comply with Patriot Act and may need to do address and driver license verification, etc in order to open an account.

If you do not, then you will need to get tax identification number.

Everbank used to allow US non-residents to just fill a form in order to open its foreign currency account. Those accounts did not use to have ATM access though. You may want to ask Everbank if they will let you open a checking account and what kind if identity verification and tax information they will need.

One issue you may want to consider is how you are going to move money between your Canadian account and US account.

TDWaterhouse operates in both US and Canada. You can try to open TD waterhouse bank account first, then open TD Canada Trust account and see if you can transfer money online between them. You can just ask its customer service if it is possible.
http://www.tdwaterho...x.html#checking

Also, check Centura bank US Banking for Canadians. http://www.centura.c...irds/index.html
RBC Centura Bank is a US branch of RBC Royal bank
The question is if you can open an US account in Centura and then transfer money to/from one of Centura "Canadian" accounts or Royal bank accounts.

Citibank also offer banking services in both Canada and US.
www.citibank.com
www.citibank.ca

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:13 PM

Thank you for the very informative reply. I looked at Centura (the U.S. branch of the Royal Bank of Canada) before I posted my question. As best I can tell from the web site, they only offer normal ATM cards, not Visa or MC.

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:21 PM

I just got off the phone with Centura, and they do ffer the Visa Debit card. I am pretty sure that is the way I will go (as I already have a Royal Bank account). Thanks again!

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Posted 22 February 2004 - 07:35 PM

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I just got off the phone with Centura, and they do ffer the Visa Debit card. I am pretty sure that is the way I will go (as I already have a Royal Bank account). Thanks again!


You are very welcome. Please let us know if you find it is possible to move money online from your US account in Centura to you Canadian account in Royal Bank. Several people I know can really use this info.

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