Eligibility

Eligible persons generally include those who work within the World Bank Group, International Monetary Fund, Bank-Fund Staff Federal Credit Union, World Bank Children’s Center and Bretton Woods Recreation Center, as well as retirees of those organizations.

Membership also extends to FAMILY members. This includes spouse, children, brothers, sisters, parents, grandparents, grandchildren, stepparents, stepchildren, stepsiblings, adoptive relationships and household members.

What about aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins? Well, once your family members have joined BFSFCU, they can extend the opportunity of membership to their family members as well.

Certain organizations, comprised of persons who qualify for membership individually, such as ski, bridge, investment or flying clubs, may open organizational accounts with BFSFCU. If you are unsure of your eligibility for membership, please contact us.

In order to join BFSFCU, you must meet the membership eligibility criteria set forth under our federal charter.1

Special Note: Members living outside of the U.S. may apply for loans and credit cards. The income used to qualify applicants must come from a U.S. source. Any loan collateral must be located in the U.S.

Important information about U.S. Economic Sanctions and Your Account

Lifetime Membership Policy

Our "once a member, always a member" policy means that when you (or your family members) join the Credit Union, you may remain a member for the rest of your life, as long as a minimum balance of $5 is maintained in your Membership Share.

Apply for Membership

You may apply for membership using our online membership application.

If you prefer to apply for membership in person at one of our branch locations, please  bring a combination of supporting documents to enable BFSFCU to verify your legal name, date of birth, address, and Personal ID Number. All documents must be unexpired.

Individual U.S. Person

  • U.S. Driver's license; U.S. non-driver's identification card; U.S. Passport or passport card; U.S. military identification card

Individual Non-U.S. Person

  • Foreign passport; U.S. permanent resident card; U.S. driver's license; U.S. non-driver's identification card

In addition, you will need the following:

  • $5 purchase of a Membership Share
  • We recommend an initial deposit of at least $25 to fund your new accounts
  • Appropriate tax form (see below)

Tax Forms

Depending on your taxable status with the U.S. government, you will need to submit either IRS Form W9 or IRS Form W-8BEN. To aid you in determining the appropriate form to use, please reference the table below.

Determine Which Tax Form You Need

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IRS Form W-9 IRS Form W-8BEN Alert Me
This form should be completed by members who are U.S. taxpayers. This form should be completed by members who are not U.S. taxpayers and do not have to pay U.S. income taxes.
The form must be completed with a valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN). If you do have a U.S. Social Security Number, please include it on the W8 form for reference purposes.
For joint accounts, if one member is a U.S. taxpayer, they will be considered the tax owner of account as required by IRS regulations.
This table is a quick reference only. If you are unsure of your taxable status, we recommend consulting a tax attorney. When completing your tax form, ensure that you enter your name as it appears on your government-issued photo ID.

1 Membership eligibility criteria are subject to federal guidelines as regulated by the NCUA. BFSFCU reserves the right to determine membership eligibility as required under federal law and may refuse membership to persons who do not meet the eligibility guidelines as set forth under our federal charter. Member names on all Credit Union records must match the member's name as it appears on the government-issued identification that is provided for identity verification.