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Old 16th February 2020, 04:16 PM
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I'll be moving to the US in a few weeks and there are a few things I'll need to register for when I arrive that I expect will require proof of address, like a cell phone contract, credit card, car lease, or bank account. For the first few weeks I'll be staying in a hotel.

Will companies accept a hotel bill or a letter from the hotel manager as proof of address? If not, is there any other way I could prove my (hotel) address?

I won't get my first pay check for a few weeks either, so that won't do.

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Setting up a bank account should not be an issue with a temporary address although you may want to discuss with the branch whether or not debit and/or credit cards can be collected from the branch rather than sent to that address.

As a side note, and from personal experience , you may want to consider banking with a credit union or other small bank than one of the majors. I found that they had greater latitude to "break" their internal rules around setting up a credit card. A way to get around the "we can't offer you a credit card because you don't have a (domestic) credit rating". Be prepared to offer to put funds in escrow against the credit limit and other haggling to get yourself up and running banking wise - particularly when it comes to credit arrangements.

With other contracts such as mobile phone etc may be more problematic. You may find it easier to start with some form of pre-paid phone arrangement until you have settled.

Beyond that you may find your experience varies from company to company, and in some cases depend on who you are speaking to and what authority they have.

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Assuming you have a job already lined up, you may want to ask your employer for guidance. Depending on your job level, salary and other factors, you may find that your employer has some arrangement with a local bank to help in opening a bank account with the bank the employer uses. (You can always change later.)

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