Opening Accounts for Nonresident Aliens: W-8BEN, W-8BEN E and Due Diligence Rules

It has always been challenging to open accounts for nonresident aliens and to identify the person we are doing business with. Since the USA PATRIOT Act, Customer Identification Program (CIP) law passed, opening these accounts and covering the required documentation and identification bases makes dealing with these accounts more challenging than ever. This issue is also a Bank Secrecy Act exam "hot spot" with the regulators as nonresident alien accounts are considered to be high risk. This session will address the following questions about procedures and your financial institution: What does the law say about identifying nonresident aliens? What type of identification is being used around the country to open accounts? What are the proper procedures for W-8 reporting? What role does Office of Foreign Assets and Control (OFAC) play in your new accounts procedures? If these questions have not been answered to your satisfaction in your financial institution this session is a must. More on FATCA and the new rules in July.

What You Will Learn

  • Resident aliens versus Nonresident aliens
  • Types of identification available - both primary and secondary
  • Sorting out social security cards
  • W-8 Forms -All new forms and procedures
  • FATCA Requirements and withholding rules
  • Customer Identification Program requirements
  • Office of Foreign Assets and Control requirements
  • Tracking and monitoring high risk accounts
  • 1042S Reporting

Who Should Attend?

This informative session is for New Accounts Representatives, Member Service Representatives, Managers, Lenders, Tellers, Branch Managers and Branch Administration.