We strongly urge all visitors to bring or arrange for an adequate amount of funds to be available upon arrival in New York.
In addition to first and last month’s rent, please allow enough cash or travelers checks to support you for the first two weeks in the United States. It typically takes 10 to 14 business days from the time a bank account is opened to access funds. If you will be expected to submit housing deposits, we would suggest having U.S. $2,500 to $5,000 available. (If you are opening an account with a foreign check, access to your funds may take even longer, so plan accordingly.)