Guidance

Immigration status checks: guidance for banks and building societies

Guidance for banks and building societies on carrying out immigration status checks on current account holders and applicants.

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Immigration Act 2014: current account guidance for banks and building societies

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This information helps banks and building societies comply with statutory requirements under section 40 and sections 40A to 40 H of the Immigration Act 2014.

Banks and building societies must not open a current account for those in the UK illegally. They must carry out an immigration check and notify the Home Office and in some cases they will be required to close accounts.

Read our guidance on current accounts closed or refused based on immigration status.

Published 12 December 2014
Last updated 30 October 2017 + show all updates
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