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How to apply for an account overseas

Whether you're moving, retiring or studying outside the UK, see how we can help you open an account in another destination

How it works

Step 1

Check you can apply

We can help you open an account overseas in 10 destinations. Different eligibility criteria will apply depending on where you want to open an account. We'll ask you to check you meet these before applying.

Step 2

Complete your application

Complete an online form and book a phone appointment with us.

Step 3

Verify your documents

Once you've completed your application, we'll ask you to verify your documents such as ID and proof of address.

Things to know

You can apply online to open an account in 10 countries or regions. If you're 18 or over, currently living in the UK and have an HSBC UK current account, you can complete the online form, then book a follow-up phone appointment with us to complete your application.

Any international account is subject to qualifications, status and local country or region laws and regulations.

Available countries

You can apply online before you leave the UK for an account in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • HSBC Expat (Jersey)
  • China
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Singapore
  • UAE
  • USA

Apply now

If you're having trouble with your application, we're here to help – just head to our contact us page.

We're not currently offering our account opening service in branches due to coronavirus.

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