The most convenient way to send an international wire transfer is through our eWires service within Digital Banking. If you have never used our eWire service, it must be activated by calling BFSFCU at (202) 212-6400 or toll-free at 1-800-9-BFSFCU or visiting a branch during normal business hours. If you have used eWire in the past, but not in the past 12 months, we will need to re-activate the service for you; please call us at the numbers noted above or visit a branch during normal business hours. Calling from overseas? See our list of international toll free numbers.
You may also visit a branch to request an international wire transfer request and this is recommended for urgent requests. Requests can be processed on the same day if received by 2 pm during normal business hours.
Wiring and routing instructions for international wires change frequently so it is highly recommended that you confirm the correct instructions with the beneficiary’s financial institution before submitting your request as this will help ensure timely receipt.
International wire transfer requests are subject to the policies and procedures of correspondent and intermediary banks and can take up to 10 business days to be received by the beneficiary. If you have previously sent a payment to the same beneficiary and routing requirements have changed, our eWires system will notify you that the beneficiary needs to be updated.
Please note that for your safety, BFSFCU has significant security procedures in place for wire transfer requests. Additional verification and documentation may be requested as needed; examples include the sender’s specific occupation and verification related to the source of funds and specific purpose provided. The information typically required for an international wire request is as follows: