Open a bank account as soon as possible. This will allow you to cash and deposit your paychecks, receive money from overseas, and obtain an ATM or Debit Card. Your employer can help you identify a good bank in your area. When you go to open an account, be sure to bring various forms of identification, including your passport and social security number.
Most bank accounts provide bankcards that can be used at 24-hour automated teller machines (ATMs) or cashpoints. These are called ATM or Debit cards. Speak to your bank to find out how to use your card. A “PIN”, or Personal Identification Number, is provided for your Debit card. This number should be a secret that only you know. Memorize this number and then destroy any written copies of it. If someone else has your Debit card and your PIN number, they can take money from your account. If you lose this card, notify your bank immediately. Do not share this PIN with anyone, even your close friends or roommates.