Bisbee Gal Posted May 1, 2017 Report Share Posted May 1, 2017 Here's more info on joining SDFCU that I posted earlier this year. Also that thread on banking is very informative for new expats. http://www.chapala.com/webboard/index.php?/topic/65578-us-brokerage-firms-close-accounts-for-us-expats/#comment-517720 That said, financial regulations change often and one should always follow-up with various institutions for the latest scoop. Buena suerte! Posted February 5 · Report post On 2/5/2017 at 2:57 PM, Floradude said: How does one apply to the State Dept. Federal Credit Union? I am assuming you do not have to work for the State Dept. What I would like is a checking account and a credit card. Got to www.sdfcu.org Hit the green Join button. You will go to the Become a Member page. One choice is Become a Member or Overseas Applicant. I applied several months ago using my US address. Their site says you cannot apply online if you live overseas; you have to call them. In any case you need to belong to an associated group....there's a drop down menu on the next page.....there are a lot of associated organizations...maybe you belong to one??? I did not, so I joined the American Consumer Council because it had the cheapest membership fee ($15 USD for lifetime). BTW...I had a lot of q.'s for SDFCU and I emailed them and they are very quick to answer. You have to open a savings account first....you only need to 5 bucks in it, I think. Then you can open a checking account (after their approval). I also got a cc from them. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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