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US Citizen Leaving Switzerland, How To Keep Bank Account?

Hello, I am a US citzen and I am moving back to the USA. I have a very small bank account here with BCGE. I would like to keep this account open, but I have heard people get their accounts closed when they leave Switzerland. I was thinking I could leave without telling BCGE and just keep the account open forever. If I ask them, I am worried they will close it.

1) Is it possible to keep this account open?
2) If I can't keep this account open, which bank would let me open a very small account to keep around just in case?

3) Am I eligible to receive back any taxes or retirement money I paid out of my paycheck while working here? If so, I am confused about how do I reclaim this money?

4) Any other finance related things I can take advantage of due to being physically present here before I leave back to the USA?
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Re: US Citizen Leaving Switzerland, How To Keep Bank Account?

Thanks for the response Carrie. I think perhaps you misunderstood my question. I have a US credit card and US bank account. I have no worries about those. I am hoping to learn how to make sure I can keep a Swiss bank account here with a low balance without being a resident here and without working in Switzerland. If this is possible, I would like to do it.
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Re: US Citizen Leaving Switzerland, How To Keep Bank Account?

you need an adresse here if im not mistaken. try to open an account with the post.
and you get back your money if you leave the EU . just call the provider that keeps your AVS
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Thanks for the response Carrie. I think perhaps you misunderstood my question. I have a US credit card and US bank account. I have no worries about those. I am hoping to learn how to make sure I can keep a Swiss bank account here with a low balance without being a resident here and without working in Switzerland. If this is possible, I would like to do it.
Yeah, I had read your post too quickly and had your situation reversed, in my mind. Sorry about that!
(And that's why I had deleted my response).
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