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751. Posted by artichoke (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Bank account wise, I opened a HSBC account through the IBC centre from home. That was a little over a year ago, no fees but they wanted me to open a savings account with HSBC and the minimum deposit is $2000. I closed the account when I went home for CNY. No issues with HSBC but I felt that their customer service is not satisfactory enough and the minimum balance for the savings account is very high for my case.
Should I say I was lucky, I managed to open an account with Barclays with just my passport and my temporary address. I checked and was told that I can open an account with just my passport as long as I make an appointment within the first 3 to 5 days of arrival.

Wages wise, even factory managers are not earning £24k! You should count yourself lucky if you can get a £16k - £18k job. Wages are slightly higher in London compared to other parts of UK, and of course, depending on your qualification and experience as well.

752. Posted by antimioni (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I opened an account after I got my offer letter from employer. I went to Natwest but they refused to let me open an account without a tenancy agreement or ultility bill. Later I went to HSBC and I claimed that I have a HSBC account back in Malaysia, I showed them the HSBC pin no. device and finally I was granted a debit card account with no charges at all. The things I brought were passport, offer letter and it is preferably that the offer letter stated the address which you are currently staying as the debit card and pin code will be send to the address. Hope this helps..

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2007, at 4:55 AM by antimioni ]

753. Posted by 1688 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi all WHM mates:

do u mind to share ur working experiances in UK such as : did u manage to find ur job other than through centre long u manage to find a job?
3.r u working in service line like restaurent ?any one working in technical field like factory? much income u can get per week?

thanks in advance :)

754. Posted by ccOH (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This forum seems become active again lately. congrats to those recently obtain their visa. good luck to those waiting for interview.

bank account:
My friend and I manage to open bank account with Barclays I think 1 Week after our arrival. What u need are passport (as proof of identity), malaysia driving license or IC (as proof of add in msia), a letter from your landlord when u rent a room here stating the add (as proof of add in UK). or, u can give HSBC the letter from a recruiter, with your name, address and saying that you are registered with them.
actually, sometimes depends on your luck of which bank officer u deal with, some or more strict and some might let u open the account.
Open the international account with Llyods and Passport account with HSBC is easy and u can do it when u reach here. they just need your passport. the problem is they charge £60 per year. Why not open a free bank account?
I thought it;s easier with HSBC since I'm their customer in Msia for few years, but this is not the case even i showed them my cards etc. And, the fee of HSBC is actually slightly higher for money transfer.

to get a restaurant job is easier and faster. to get office job, i'm in the trying process. u need to register with the agency first. so far, i've registered with michael page, TPP, and 3way recruitment. some useful site are,,,
the minimum national wage is $5.35/ hour before tax, it will be increased slightly in October. the tax rate varies according to your income level. some tell me 17% some tell me 22%. My earning is too little now so not being taxed yet. most companies will follow but those chinese restaurant normally don't follow.

Hope above info is useful.

Chai Chin

755. Posted by lydiakoh (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll be attending the interview tomorrow at the British High Comm as they want to see evidence of my previous passsports...!
Freaky nervous... wish me luck ppl!

756. Posted by amand83 (Inactive 34 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi everybody!! I'm new at here.

Thinking to apply WHM visa very soon, however, does the travel plan that enclosed together with the application form, need to be in full details?

I meant, must figure out everything, cost of living, accommodation, places we plan to do within that 2 years? Coz these 2 years sounded pretty a long time to plan in..
I wonder how i suppose to search for these relevant details?
Which places are really famous and best to the UK citizens, except those limited places which was suggested in

anyone has an idea of this? thank you very much! :);)

757. Posted by lydiakoh (Budding Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yay! I got my visa TODAY! Just splendid!

It was suprisingly easy ! I plan to travel in October.. anyone planning on going then??
Now, any tips on booking flights, accomodation and jobs will be fantastic!

I've had experience in the semiconductor industry as a business planner, heritage management and tourism. Am currently working in a UK customer based call centre.

Just wanna thank all of you who have posted so much important info on this forum.Wouldnt have found it so ez if it hadnt been for the info you guys hv posted :):)

758. Posted by jim123 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I know that there is another problem in London, because to rent a room, most of the time people will ask you a bank account or any other sort of "formal" document........

759. Posted by skyef (Full Member 105 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To 1688,

I'm working in the hospitality field, in a Bed & Breakfast Gst Hse. I think it should not be tough for you if you want a job in the service - Asian or European restaurants, etc. because it's easy when you have a valid visa here so not to worry. I'm unsure about factories job though.

Bank account

I know we had many post about bank accounts, so i'll keep it short and simple. I opened a 'basic bank account' with HSBC. It's the most basic as the name suggest, just for withdrawals and deposits. No fees and a saving account could be open as well on the spot - which i didn't. I like HSBC's service, both in M'sia and UK

760. Posted by ufung (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am going on october too.But,I havent really plans thing out ;)

pm me those who going on oct.