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Moving money from German bank account to American [Feb. 11th, 2010|04:36 pm]
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[porce_lain]
Expatriates, how many of you have experience with moving funds from a German checking account, specifically Deutsche Bank, to your American checking account? I am at a loss for ideas aside from withdrawing everything and making a travel's check but even that seems like a backwards way of accomplishing what I want to do.

Any thoughts?

Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: in_excelsis_dea
2010-02-11 04:03 pm (UTC)
I did this three years ago. I did everything online, and clicked on the "international transfer" button on my online banking account (from the German bank) to my American account. I needed the international routing number and my account number (which was different than my usual account number). It was actually really easy once I had the right information. And it didn't cost anything. My German bank treated it as a normal Überweisung.
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[User Picture]From: porce_lain
2010-02-11 04:21 pm (UTC)
You're a lifesaver, thanks! I think I managed to accomplish this, the transaction is still pending, but we'll see if it goes through. Thank you again for your help.
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[User Picture]From: in_excelsis_dea
2010-02-11 06:06 pm (UTC)
Heh, you're welcome. I think there's a limit on how much you can transfer at a time, but you're able to do multiple transfers. And the limit is pretty high. IIRC, it took me a couple of weeks, waiting several days in between to do it all, though that was partly due to lack of internet access.
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[User Picture]From: porce_lain
2010-02-16 11:43 am (UTC)
Follow up question. I did this four days ago and the money is extracted out of my German account but hasn't yet popped up in my American account. Wait it out?
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[User Picture]From: in_excelsis_dea
2010-02-16 03:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, give it a couple more days. Then try contacting your American bank, I guess. I don't remember how long it took the money to appear in my account when I did it, but I can't imagine it would be immediate, you know? Nice if it were, but...
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