You finally have your security deposit, last allocations from CAF (maybe), and last paycheck in your French bank account. It no longer serves you any purpose. So how do you end things with your French bank and get your money?
If you live in the US, you don’t have an IBAN. It’s fine. If your French bank demands it, assure them that les USA are not part of that system.
They will ask you for:
- Your American address and proof that you live there (something, especially a bill, addressed to you). You can scan and send this.
- A handwritten letter affirming you want to close your account. See this for an example “clôture de compte” letter. My French bank let me scan it and send it by email. Or your bank might send you something to sign and date.
- Your RIB. The American equivalent of a RIB is a voided check. As this will be an international transfer, there is a separate code your bank must provide you as your routing number won’t actually work for this. Call or email your American bank for assistance.
And that should be it. Goodbye, Crédit Agricole. You were typically a rather decent bank to work with.