I have just received a job offer in the UK (for a UK company) and i want to open a personal account with a UK bank to receive my salary and avoid international fees. I've read around the web about UK banks refusing non residents. Being a EU citizen make the banks more likely to accept the request? Do you know which banks are client friendly with non-resident UK citizens of EU?
Here is an extract from the the requirements document i found for an HSBC Advance Account.
If you’re a non-UK resident, we need to see your passport or national identity card (EEA or Swiss only). > Current full passport. Temporary passports are not acceptable. > EEA or Swiss national identity card. > Travel documents issued by the UK Home Office. > Current UK driving licence: photocard (full or provisional), or old-style paper licence (full only). > Disabled parking document that includes your photograph, signature and date of birth (blue or orange). > HM Revenue & Customs tax notification, dated within the last four months. P45s and P60s are not acceptable. > Letter confirming your right to benefits from the Department for Works & Pensions, Jobcentre Plus, a benefits agency or a veterans agency, dated within the last four months. > Current Northern Ireland voter’s card.
I can provide a passport, EU National identity card and a national driving license. Will that be enough?
Also i have read on th expat exchange that some people have used the work contract as proof of address. Is that common with people new in UK?