Coming to the UK
Before you arrive:
Apply for a National Insurance Number:
Will you be PAYE or CIS?
Apply for your CIS unique taxpayer’s reference number:
Book your CSCS card –
What is it and why do I need it?
How to set up a bank account:
What do I need?
- Proof of identity
- Proof of address
- Utility bills - a gas, water, electric, TV or landline phone bill (not mobile) that's less than three months old
- Local authority - a council tax bill issued within the current financial year
- Banking - a UK bank statement that's less than three months old (internet statements aren't acceptable)
- Housing - a tenancy agreement or council rent book (must be current)
- Shopping - a catalogue or mail order statement that's less than three months old
- Personal - a UK photocard driving license with your current address and its full paper counterpart
What if I don’t have any of the above?
- An official letter from HMRC, DWP or Jobcentre Plus. Once you have completed your interview with Jobcentre Plus they will send you a letter confirming your National Insurance number. This can be used as proof of address.
- Contract of employment or payslips from your employer with your current address.
- If you do not current hold a full license, apply for a provisional driving license at the local Post Office. There is a few charged and can take up to two weeks to arrive.
Some banks will offer you a cash card account if you are unable to provide a proof of address but have an EEA passport. This is a basic account that allows you to withdraw and lodge money using a debit card.
Lloyds Bank now offers to open bank accounts for nationals of all EU member states and a number of International countries hassle free. All you need to provide are one of the following:
- UK/EEA/EU passport
- UK/EEA/EU photo driving license. Driving licenses that do not have a photo are not acceptable
- EU/EEA National Identity Card
Where should I go?
Finding accommodation –