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Opening a bank account in Canada before moving back from the U.K.

Old May 2nd 2021, 6:05 pm
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My OH and I are dual British/Canadian citizens moving back to Calgary in the Fall after 11 years in the U.K. Has anyone recently tried opening a bank account in Canada before moving back ?

I had been recommended HSBC as it appeared quite a simple process but they don’t seem to be offering this facility at present and just wondering if anyone is aware of any other major banks offering this facility for returning citizens ?
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Hello

My OH and I are dual British/Canadian citizens moving back to Calgary in the Fall after 11 years in the U.K. Has anyone recently tried opening a bank account in Canada before moving back ?

I had been recommended HSBC as it appeared quite a simple process but they don’t seem to be offering this facility at present and just wondering if anyone is aware of any other major banks offering this facility for returning citizens ?
I went into HSBC to enquire about getting an account in the UK.

I was very underwhelmed by them.
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Have you spotted the wiki article on this subject here?:

https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Banki...ccount_from_UK

There is no distinction between a PR or a Canada citizen abroad. The 'frozen' accounts you can open are of limited use (I am not even sure you can transfer money in until you get to Canada and 'activate' it in person - perhaps others will confirm or deny). I opened a normal account on one of my recce trips before actually moving to Canada (I was also a Canadian citizen living in the UK).
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Thanks for the reply’s. We had every intention of coming over last year to open up an account by like so many people had our flights cancelled and it’s been impossible to fly out since without quarantine for 14 days.
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Many of the banks allow online applications..
https://britishexpats.com/wiki/Banking-Canada
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