My wife and I will be moving to the UK from the US on a work visa sponsored by my employer. One of things I'm most unsure about it how to deal with our current financial accounts. We have one joint checking and she has an account from before we were married (that we plan on closing since we don't use it anyway). We each have an American Express green card (linked to the same account) and we have one American Express blue card. We also have a credit card from our bank that we got for overdraft protection but have never even activated.
My first question is whether we can even keep these accounts. We will of course still be U.S. citizens, but will not be keeping any residence in the US. If we can keep these accounts, should we? I will be paid in pounds and be working for a UK company so I imagine I will need a UK account for direct deposit and our normal financial dealings.
More importantly, can we transfer our credit cards, especially the American Express green cards? These are what we use for most transactions, but it would just make more sense to leave those cards as-is (again, if that is allowed) and just get new UK-based credit cards?