Money Transfer Overseas

By: Jim Brown

Most if not many immigrants send money to their relatives and friends in their home country. You can transfer money from overseas in several ways.

A very common way of transferring money overseas is through companies offering money transfer services like Western Union, MoneyGram, Xoom and the like. Such companies can accept cash for transfer through their walk-in offices or agents. You could as well go online or use the phone to send money by charging your debit card or credit card. You inform your recipient/s that you have sent them the money and they could then go to any of the money transfer company's local branches or local agents in their respective country to claim the funds.

Though this can be a high cost of sending money, you can expect for your recipient to receive the funds almost instantly in a matter of hours or less within the same day. The fee attached to the money transfer service increases as the amount to be sent increases. Sending money through this system is very much secure and safe as compared to sending money through regular mail which possibly could get stolen. Besides, most countries do not allow for money to be sent via their mail delivery system.

Many of these money transfer companies operate many branches and local agents worldwide. Relatives and friends can receive funds instantly and those traveling overseas can as well get money sent quickly in case they run into some crisis or money shortage. Sending money through a money transfer company is very simple and not at all complicated.

Another means of sending money is through international money order wherein the recipient could encash at their local post office the money order in the local currency.

Banks also have programs that help immigrants send money home. Money is wired or transferred to the bank's partner banks in the recipient's country. This program can work in several ways and may require the recipient to be an account holder in the partner bank, so it is best for the recipient to ask in advance from their chosen local bank to find out about such services that they may offer. The cost to wire money through the bank can cost less than that of money transfer companies.

Whether money is sent for business or for pleasure, you can choose from several options to enable your recipient to receive funds conveniently and securely.

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