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Banks and the Hostile Environment – A guide to removing banking services for people unable to prove their right to remain

The LMP Blog has occasionally hosted guidance for migrants wishing to open bank accounts eg the Bank training from LASSN or this from Chapeltown CA on opening a Bank Account

UK Gov have issued new ‘Guidance for banks and building societies on carrying out immigration checks on current account holders’ and making it clear that “a disqualified person is someone who is in the UK and requires permission to be in the UK but does not have it.”

In simple terms, if someone cannot prove their right to remain to their Bank electronically, their bank account will be closed down. 


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