Banking and Financial Information

There are several banks near the Emory campus. A detailed list of required documents for each bank is available below.  ISSS recommends that students and scholars bring all immigration documents (I-20 or DS-2019 Form, passport with visa and I-94 card) when visiting a bank to open an account.

Bank of America

1615 North Decatur Road NE (404) 329-4839
(Between Clifton Road and Oxford Road, across from Glenn Memorial)

Documents Required: One form of primary identification or two forms of secondary identification. Acceptable documents include:
- Passport (primary)
- Georgia driver's license (primary)
- International driver's permit (secondary)
- Home country driver's license [if the bank can identify it as a driver's license] (secondary)
- Emory student ID (secondary)
- Credit card (secondary)
- Social security card (secondary) 

Suntrust Bank 1685 North Decatur Road NE (404) 728-1200
(Corner of North Decatur Road and Clifton Road)

Documents Required:
- Passport
- Visa
- Emory ID or letter confirming enrollment
- If you don't have a SSN, you will need to show proof of residency from your home country. This can be your enrollment letter or mail from your home country. 

Wells Fargo

725 Houston Mill Road (404) 329-1830
(corner of Houston Mill Road and Clifton Road)

Documents Required:
- Passport/Visa
- Driver's license, SSN Emory ID Card (possible secondary identification)
- Work tax ID card 

Fidelity National Bank

2936 North Druid Hills Road (404) 329-9595
(Corner of North Druid Hills Road and LaVista Road, Toco Hills Plaza)

Documents Required:
- Passport
- Visa
- GA driver's license/IDP/Home country license (if available)
- SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number [ITIN] (if available)

East-West Bank

4360 Chamblee Dunwoody Road (770) 454-4755
(Just off I-285, before E Nancy Creek Road)

Documents Required:
- Passport
- Visa
- Letter of acceptance to Emory University

Many banks will give you an ATM (automated teller machine) card, also called a debit card, when you open your account. This card allows you to withdraw money from your bank account when you cannot get to your bank or use a check.  While these cards are a great convenience, please be aware of the security issues presented by ATM use.  You should not tell anyone your PIN (Personal Identification Number) that you receive with your card, nor write your PIN on your card. Use ATMs that are in well lit areas, during the day if possible. As for credit cards, you can inquire at your bank to see if you qualify.  If you have a credit card at home, it may be useful to bring it with you.

If you are a full-time student, you may qualify for a special checking account with a low (or no) service charge.  It is a good idea to compare the services offered by different banks so that you can find the account that best meets your checking and savings needs. 

Some questions to ask before selecting a bank account include:

Online payments of bills through your personal bank account have become increasingly common in the United States.  Ask your bank about procedures and availability for using an online banking payment system.  While in many countries paying by check is no longer common and it is becoming less common in the United States; checks are still used somewhat frequently in this country. Here are some aspects to consider:

Beware of Financial Scams

Unfortunately, international students and scholars can be a favorite target of “scam” or “con” artists—people who attempt to take your money using a variety of schemes, set-ups and false advertising.  Please be very cautious when approached by strangers with stories or requests which involve putting up deposits or giving them your money.  Do not respond to requests via email or telephone to solicit personal financial information from you, such as your bank account number or your Social Security Number (SSN).