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Can you still open a bank account if your visa is under process?

Old Sep 23rd 2007, 8:20 am
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Default Can you still open a bank account if your visa is under process?

A new colleague who's just arrived from the UK and whose visa is being processed has been told by our HR department that it's impossible to open a bank account until she's got her residence visa *and* she's received her first month's salary.

Is this true?

When I arrived two-and-a-half years ago, I went straight from my medical test to the HSBC and opened an account, telling them that my visa was under process - no problem at all. I couldn't get an ATM card or credit card until my visa had come through, but they gave me a chequebook and cheque card straight away.

Obviously rules can change here overnight, so are things different now?
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Old Sep 23rd 2007, 9:25 am
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Default Re: Can you still open a bank account if your visa is under process?

Gareth,
Yes, you can open a bank account before visa is complete, but not one that will allow for credit cards and cheque book.
However, you do need a letter from Co. stating that your visa is being processed.
However as you have "ignored" me some time ago, you probably won't see any of this - pity!!
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Old Sep 23rd 2007, 9:45 am
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Default Re: Can you still open a bank account if your visa is under process?

As above, a letter from employer confirming that they are sponsoring you, and that the visa application process is underway will (or should) be enough...
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Old Sep 23rd 2007, 10:21 am
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Cheers Robbies, I thought so
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