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There are a number of banks in Brussels that cater to expatriates. In fact, there are over a hundred. Many are only found in Belgium, but some banks, such as Citibank and ING, are global. Many banks cater especially to expats, and each of these banks has features that set it apart from the rest.

Fortis has a special account specifically for expats in Brussels. This account has some very distinctive and exceptionally valuable features for people new to a country and looking for extra help both in and out of the bank. With Fortis, your account is open before you arrive in Brussels and your bank card is waiting. You get a free American Express card that is good the entire time you live in Brussels, even if you never leave. You also get a free pass for banking online. Fortis also gives you free access to the Expat service line, which helps with housing, phone, child care, and numerous other services. Fortis is located online at https://www.fortisbanking.be/portal/start.asp. There are links on the page for expats as well as a form to contact someone in English to help you with your banking questions. The site also has a bank search to show you where all of the branches and ATMs are located.

ING offers benefits by being a global bank. This means that you can literally do your banking anywhere in the world and in any currency. They also offer help with finding housing (rental or purchase) and insuring your house and car. ING also helps you find ways to pay less in taxes and prepare for retirement. ING Brussels can be found online at http://www.ing.be/private/showdoc.jsp?htmlid=305702_EN&menopt=iso|enr&left=false&lang=en. The Brussels ING phone line is currently only for phone bank customers, but there are professionals online 24/7 ready to help assist you with any questions you may have. The webpage has a branch finder that can show you the bank or ATM closest to you at any given point in time.

KBC bank offers services specifically for expatriates as well. They can help you open your account before relocating to Brussels and off round the clock e-banking from anywhere in the world. They offer an expat guide in .pdf form at https://multimediafiles.kbcgroup.eu/ng/published/KBC/PDF/BEDRIJVEN/expats_pdf_handy_guide_0900dfde80297777.pdf that offers all of the banking information you may need in one document. In addition, they have two Expat specialists available by telephone, fax, or email. To reach KBC Expat Advisers Leo Verhoeven and Anne Marie Azijn, you can call +30 (0)2 429.18.57, you can fax +32 (0)2 429.11.98, or you can email expats@kbc.be

Citibank offers expatriate banking as well, including free accounts for Citibank customers. You can find out more about these programs by visiting http://www.citibank.be/dailybanking/expat.asp?lang=en. Citibank has someone ready to answer all of your questions 24 hours a day by e-mailing expatriatebanking.belgium@citi.com or by calling +32 (0)2 626.50.50.

While there are certainly other banks in Brussels, these are the most popular and reputable banks that work specifically with expats and offer services in English. Each bank offers an online branch/atm locator as well as special information for expatriates. For a listing of other banks in Brussels, without regard to the language of their individual websites, you can visit http://www.eurobru.com/eco21.htm

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