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which pre-landing bank?

Discussion in 'Settlement Issues' started by zinneken, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. MY ORIGINAL QUESTION:

    I'm searching for a Canadian bank who will open an account for me prior to my PR landing. I would like to wire money so that when I land I have access to funds and banking straight away.

    I have found that RBC can do this, and that BMO can open a locked account until you land. Which other banks allow for opening an account prior to landing? Thanks!

    EDIT:
    I'll add to the below list as suggestions come in. The more suggestions come in, the better this list will become for all newcomers.

    1. Banks allowing to open an account, wire money into the account and make transactions from the account prior to landing.

    RBC: Forms need to be lawyer certified or certified in one of the worldwide branches.
    HSBC: (waiting for instructions from HSBC as to which documents they need)

    2. Banks allowing to open an account and wire money into the account prior to landing, but not make transactions from the account prior to landing.

    BMO: Forms need to be lawyer certified.

    3. Banks allowing to open an account prior to landing, but not wire money into the account or make transactions from the account prior to landing.

    Scotiabank

    4. Banks with no services prior to landing

    ING Direct
     
  2. HSBC.

    However, depending on which Canadian bank machines you encountered, you can also access your home country's bank money using your bank machines card having logos such as CIRRUS, PLUS, CHASE, Unionpay etc.
     
  3. Go for scotia bank or RBC. I am sure TD will not be allowing this.... TD is good to go once u land...

    Shef
     
  4. Thanks for these replies.
    I'm building on a list which I'll put in the OP. Any further additions are welcomed!
     

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