Opening UK bank account
Bank account assistance
Opening a UK bank account is a notoriously difficult thing to do,
whether you’re attempting to do so from your home country or once you’ve
arrived in the UK. The good news is, we’ve found a way to make it considerably
easier for our clients.
We have great, established relationships with top UK banks and
all the knowledge and experience to help make the process of opening a bank account
in the UK a fairly simple task!
1st Contact has been assisting people wanting to open a UK bank account
for more than a decade now. Not only are our consultants highly trained and professional,
most of them have been through the experience of living and working in the UK themselves.
They truly understand the frustrations involved and work very hard to make things
as easy as possible.
You can open a UK bank account
with a choice of three popular high street banks, including Barclays and Lloyds. Your
1st Contact Kickstart consultant will do the necessary back-end work and then arrange
for your bank meeting when you arrive in the UK.
All you need to bring is your passport and proof of residence in the UK.
Most of our clients will open a UK bank account after they arrive by attending a
short meeting with one of our local branches in London or via a postal application
if outside of London. This bank account, opened on arrival, is included in the cost
of the Kickstart Package and not able to be sold separately due to our introduction
agreement with our banking partners in the UK.
However, if it’s only a bank account you need we can still help. The pre-departure
bank account can be purchased as a stand alone product without purchasing the Kickstart
pack. It’s not our most popular account because it has a minimum earning threshold
of £24,000 or deposit amount of £50,000 and does attract monthly fees of £5. However,
this account has positive features, like the option to attach a Euro account and
debit card, handy for those people travelling Europe before they arrive in the UK.
Open this account before you leave and use your free international money transfer
to move your money before you leave.
You can buy this pre departure bank account for just £30 or
add into onto your Kickstart package for £10.
The 1st Contact Kickstart Package was designed specifically to include everything
a first-time traveller to London would need – at a cost effective price. It's
about far more than just opening a UK bank account.
Kickstart also includes a
UK mobile phone SIM card, various discounts,
job and CV assistance,
free trial gym membership,
free money transfer and more.
Kickstart contains everything you need to kickstart your UK stay and ensure
you are prepared for anything.
Bank Account Q&A