Studying in the U.S.? This is a step by step guide to getting a U.S. phone number with Ellis Mobile and a U.S. bank account with Ellis Money before your relocation to America. Ellis is here to set you up for success from Day 1.
Download the Ellis App
Navigate to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search Ellis to download the Ellis App.
Create an Ellis account
Enter an email to create your Ellis account. You can use a personal email or your school's .edu email.
Enter your full legal name
Type your Given First Name and Last Name as it is stated on your passport.
Choose a secure password
Enter a secure password for your Ellis account. You can always change it in the future.
Select the Ellis product you want to open
Don't worry, you can always go back and set up the other product.
Enter your SIM card number
Enter the SIM card number listed on the back of the SIM card you received. If you don't have an Ellis SIM card, we can ship one directly to your house.
Enter your phone number
Enter the phone number that you are currently using to receive texts. It doesn't have to be a U.S phone number.
Enter your date of birth
The government requires us to verify your identity to create a U.S. bank account and debit card.
Pick a plan that fits your needs
Choose the Ellis Mobile plan that fits your needs. We'll assign you a U.S. phone number that you can activate when you arrive in the U.S.
Enter your passport number
If you have a Social Security Number, you can use it instead of your passport number.
Activate your plan
We won't charge your card on file until you activate your Mobile plan. Simply activate your plan a few day before you arrive in the U.S. through the Ellis App!
Enter your payment information
To complete your Ellis Mobile plan activation, enter your payment information. You can use your Ellis debit card to pay for your cellular plan!
Your plan has been successfully activated!
Start calling, texting, and browsing the web with ultra-fast 5G.
Enter your nationality
This is the country that issued your passport.
Enter the school you are enrolled in
If you are not a student, select I am not a student to use your U.S. residential address to sign up
Upload images of your passport and address verification documents
Students can upload an I-20 or DS-2019 form. Other users can upload a copy of a lease agreement, utility bill, or pay stub.
Welcome to Ellis Money
We will typically verify your bank account in less than 24 hours. Deposit money into your account and start spending with your Virtual Debit Card instantly.
Deposit money into your Ellis account
Use your wire instruction to deposit money into your Ellis account. We will never charge you fees for wires and transfers.
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Ellis is a technology company and is not a bank. Banking services provided by Blue Ridge Bank N.A.; Member FDIC. The Ellis Visa® Debit Card is issued by Blue Ridge Bank N.A. pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.
Payment services are provided by The Currency Cloud Limited. Registered in England No. 06323311. Registered Office: The Steward Building 1st Floor, 12 Steward Street London E1 6FQ. The Currency Cloud Limited is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 for the issuing of electronic money (FRN: 900199). In the US Currency Cloud operates in partnership with CFSB. CFSB fully owns the bank program and services are provided by The Currency Cloud Inc.
Ellis is not a law firm and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Ellis is not affiliated with or endorsed by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) or any other government agency. Blank immigration forms with written instructions are available for free at the USCIS website.