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Since USCIS is so slow my hubby and I are seriously contemplating me making the move to the UK. I don't mind as I love Scotland. I'm going over for Christmas and thought that opening a joint checking account might be a good idea. How hard is it for a foreigner to open an account? If I bring my passport, Oregon Drivers License and SSN card should that be enough?


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07/18/2007: Married in Gretna Green, Scotland

08/29/2007: I-130 Application Recieved at NSC

12/21/2007: Received NOA1 from CSC

01/08/2008: Touched-Change of Address




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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: England

Don't know how much trouble it will be but you will need to learn to spell Cheque UK style :jest:

Karen ( USA ) and Tony ( UK ) now both residing in USA!!

2/28/05- I-129F sent to TSC

7/29/05- Interview date- Approved!!!!!!!!!!!!!

10/06/05-Tony comes home to Tennessee!!!

10/08/05-WE'RE MARRIED!!! I love this man!


11/26/05-filed for emergency AP

11/29/05-filed for AOS/EAD

03/07/06-online EAD approval

03/10/06-received EAD in post and passed driving test (Wow what a day)

07/26/06-AOS Interview---APPROVED!!!!!!

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If you can prove you're a resident too they will allow you to open one. My UK bank would not allow the OH to open one because he doesn't live there, but allowed me to stay with my account as I still have a UK address.

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From memory, Andrea had to be a resident and they asked to see her passport and visa. Although you might have more luck adding you onto an account that is already open ?

My suggestion is try it, don't admit anything unless your asked and you just might get away with it ;)

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12/8/07 - Applied for Police Certs

14/8/07 - Police confirmed receipt

20/8/07 - Posted I-130 to London

25/8/07 - I-130 Returned asking for copy of Andrea's student visa and more proof that we live in the UK !!!

25/8/07 - Posted I-130 Back to Embassy In London (1st class recorded delivery) with copy of Student Visa and copy of Council Tax Bill

29/8/07 - Received E-mail (assume it is NOA1) confirming filing date of 29th Aug 2007 - YAY :)

30/8/07 - Money debited from our Credit Card

01/09/07 - The waiting begins :)

14/9/07 - Police Records Returned

1/11/07 - A company that interviewed me has offered the services of an immigration lawyer

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8/11/07 - Embassy requests further information proving a viable marriage (if anybody hasn't yet filed their I-130, I would advise that you send the following with the I-130.

1) A affidavit from the petitioner detailing their relationship, how it started, developed, etc, etc

2) An affidavit from three people who know you both

3) Past emails, flight bookings, Pics, Dinner receipts, phone bills, etc, etc

12/11/07 - Send all the above back to Lawyer in London

26/11/07 - Lawyer got a case number and I have booked my Medical, I-130 STILL Not Approved

26/11/07 - Got the official offer letter from the US based company - YAY

27/11/07 - It official, the idiots at the USCIS have lost the RFE parcel - grrrrrrr

28/11/07 - RFE resubmitted

3/12/07 - I-130 APPROVED (NOA2)

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Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: England

HSBC offers something called a Passport Account; this is designed for people whose primary residence isn't the UK. That's what I have.

For a normal bank account you have to be able to prove your address in the UK with a utility bill or bank statement with your UK address.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Australia

it's SO much fun doing that as a new arrival... banks won't let you open an account without a rent statement or utility bill, and landlords won't let you start a tenancy agreement (or sign up for utilities) without a bank account :lol:

I love the UK - I hate the thought of leaving - but it can be illogical from time to time ;)


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Day One: Went to Council of Elrond. Was prettiest person there. Agreed to follow some tiny little man to Mordor to throw ring into volcano. Very important mission - gold ring so tacky.

Day Six: Far too dark in Mines of Moria to brush hair properly. Am very afraid I am developing a tangle.

Orcs so silly.

Still the prettiest.

Day 35: Boromir dead. Very messy death, most unnecessary. Did get kissed by Aragorn as he expired. Does a guy have to get shot full of arrows around here to get any action? Boromir definitely not prettier than me. Cannot understand it. Am feeling a pout coming on.

Frodo off to Mordor with Sam. Tiny little men caring about each other, rather cute really.

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Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Ireland

When I moved to the UK i went to basically every bank, they were all extremely unhelpful with the notable exception of HSBC. And I had been living here as a permanant resident (Rep. of Ireland has special agreements with the UK) and working for several months. My OH had even worse trouble, being not only non-UK, but also a student. HSBC opened an account for me, and shortly after we opened a joint account with very little trouble.

I can definately recommend them.

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