Tatoosh Posted January 12, 2012 Posted January 12, 2012 I have a dollar account with Allied Bank, which was the only bank that would open an account for me without an ACR-I card, I was a tourist at the time. I told Immigration I was thinking about an SRRV visa didn't have an account and BDO wouldn't let me open one. The local head of BoI pointed me toward Allied which set me up without a problem.The good, the bad and the ugly: They are open five and a half days every week except national holidays. However, you can't withdraw money on Saturday because they don't have an exchange quote for that day. They are handle wire transactions but charge 20 bucks to receive the money from overseas. Ouch! My credit union hits me for 30 bucks to send it. Worst of all is they have a 60 day hold on overseas checks deposited in your account. And I mean 60 days no fail. So you drop your tax return or some check sent to you from the States into your account, just set your reminder for two months before you can access it. Some other banks have faster returns on check deposits, but many don't. I know some guys that deposit in short term time deposits so at least it makes a bit of interest while sitting. Allied had a bank on my wife's home island so it made it easier to send money to the family if necessary. So we have stayed with it. I will check out BDO again since I have my ACR-I now and see what the charges for overseas transfers are. And how long they hold checks. Any serious improvement on Allied's terms and I may change. But if you are here long term on a tourist visa, Allied may be worth a try if BDO or other banks say no to you. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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