Most people set up their bank accounts in their first days in New Haven. It normally takes a few days before funds are available so it is a good idea to bring a credit card for purchases or an ATM bank card to draw cash from your local account in U.S. currency.
You should anticipate needing funds (minimum $1,500) for the following:
Remember that it can take several days to have money wired from your country directly into your U.S. account.
Note that persons entering the U.S. with cash exceeding $10,000 must complete a Currency Report Form in addition to the Declaration Form. Failure to complete this additional form can result in civil and/or criminal penalties, including seizure of the cash.
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