Are there free bank accounts for non residents? (Riga)
I am trying to apply for a self-employed residence permit here in Latvia. Been trying for a few months now.
The problem is that the Latvian Gov needs a verification of funds letter from my bank that proves that I have enough money to operate my business.
My bank provided such a letter but the government didn't accept it.
They didn't accept it because -
A. It only had my name and no other personal identifiers - so they can't prove that it is me.
B. The letter wasn't signed by a real person.
My bank - Chase - refuses to put such information down in written form and said that all they can offer is for me to get on a call with them and the government to verify. ( of course, the Latvian Gov said - no)
My options now are to try and open up a bank account locally that will be able to provide such a letter and transfer the money here to latvia.
While that is a headache in and of itself because I would need to transfer my money back afterward for business purposes, which means I would lose money on transfer fees, it's also an issue because I haven't found too many banks that will open an account without a residence permit here.
The two I found so far - SEB and Citadele, have fees of Protected content 150 euros for account creation.
Has anyone been in a similar situation and solved it somehow?
Does anyone know any local Banks that will open an account for me at no charge without a residence permit? (i do already have a personal code though)
Thanks in advance for your help.
This is all quite urgent because I need to leave the country in 9 days if this doesn't get resolved.