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Old 06.09.2011, 16:45
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Best bank to join (Vaud)

Hi all,

I am moving to the Montreux/Vevey area. I will need a bank account.

Which bank should I join?

Can I open the account before I get my work permit?

thank you for any help

Catrina
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Old 06.09.2011, 17:13
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Re: Best bank to join (Vaud)

Everyone will have their own opinion but I like Postfinance. They have been friendly, efficient, and generally provided a very good level of service.

They also have a good range of services, although perhaps not as comprehensive as UBS/Credit Suisse etc.

They can provide all documentation in english if you would find that helpful!

I opened the bank account without a residence/work permit although I did have a signed employment contract to show them.
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Re: Best bank to join (Vaud)

I wanted my bank opened ASAP when I moved, and opened a postfinance with only my work contract and passport.
It took 5 minutes. Although I believe if you open a USB you get coffee, I don't really fancy spending a day opening a bank account.
It's not got a credit card, but I try to not use them anyway.
All ATMs and card payment things automatically go to English for me.
OK, it's been two weeks, but I've been fine with it.
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Re: Best bank to join (Vaud)

thanks for these very useful responses so far.
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Old 06.09.2011, 18:03
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Re: Best bank to join (Vaud)

As you are in Vaud you could open an account with the Cantonal BCV.
I was with UBS until recently and moved over to them and I am very happy.
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