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Old 12.05.2014, 21:13
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Aargau Migration and Banking Inquiry

Greetings! I moved to Kanton Aargau Last week (Baden) and I have registered at the Stahdbüro and now I have 2 orders of business left to take care of tomorrow morning.

I need a bank account so my salary can be deposited (Any advice on this for an American? I am sure no matter where I go they are going to shun me because of obvious reasons, however I am a poor college student!! I have no money to try to hide from the US!) I just need any account that my company can deposit my salary in and a Maestro card so I can use the money! No credit card or trade accounts or anything needed!

Second I need to go to immigration in Aarau and get fingerprinted and photographed for my ID Card. I have heard from some people that you need an appointment. However the Stahdhaus as well as my supervisor at work told me to just show up there tomorrow morning first thing when they open. Do I need any documentation with me? Can I just show up with no appointment? Thanks for any and all help!
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Old 12.05.2014, 21:21
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Re: Aargau Migration and Banking Inquiry

UBS, Credit Suisse and PostFinance are the usual places for Americans to try, but make sure you go to one of the bigger branches. Be aware that you will need to sign a W-9 form to allow the bank to pass your account info on to the IRS and you might also need to provide proof of US tax compliancy by providing copies of your recent US tax filings.
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Re: Aargau Migration and Banking Inquiry

I figured I would answer my own question incase someone else had the same / similar Questions:

Banking for Americans - I walked into Credit Suisse and said Hi, I'm an American, I would like a bank account for while I work here. The gentleman said OK, Follow me. 30 minutes later I had my account and my Maestro card is in the mail. They just make you sign a release form that allows them to report your account to the US and a W-9 Form for the IRS (In other words, Americans are not privileged to the Banking Secrecy laws of Switzerland)

Immigration - I bout a CHF20 ticket to Aarau, sat the in the waiting room for 30 minutes (As directed by the Stahdbüro) and when I was called the lady told me a few things. 1) They do not make ID's, fingerprint, or take pictures there. 2) You are supposed to wait for a letter from them in the post before you go and then you make an appointment. and 3) for individuals who are staying for less than 4 months (recently amended law) there is no requirement to do anything with immigration, i don't even get a Swiss ID card.

Hope this helps anyone who had the same questions
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