With “World Day against Trafficking in Persons” held on July 30th it’s a reminder to us all about the dreadful position some people have found themselves in. Living in appalling conditions and locked out of the system. Refused a bank account because of immigration status, through no fault of their own.
For anyone hearing Mo Farah’s story this week, it’s hard not to have felt humbled and deeply inspired by his journey.
How many others have a similar story to tell, without the fairy tale ending? Getting a bank account as a UK immigrant can seem impossible.
Have you come to the UK with the hope of working hard and establishing a new life for you and your family?
Have you experienced impossible immigration-related hurdles to open a bank account?
Unlike many traditional banks, Suits Me® provides a straightforward and multi-lingual service to help UK immigrants trying to start again in a new country. If you’re wanting to open an account it can seem a daunting process for many.
- No permanent address
- No utility bill
- No residency status
- No bank account
- Less than 3 years living in UK
You are not alone as a UK immigrant struggling to get an account.
Astoundingly, more than 1.7 million people don’t have a UK bank account. Stuck in a rut of high-cost loans and cash-in-hand jobs. Unable to get even a mobile phone contract, pay for school items, spread living costs. It’s a vicious cycle.
So what can you do?
Your answer lies with Suits Me®. We are ahead of the game when it comes to a real insight into the struggle. Listening to Mo Farah’s story begs the question of how many lost individuals are missing in the system.
You don’t need to be one of them.
Our user-friendly, multilingual mobile app can provide you with the solution you’re looking for.
With quick and simple online applications, you will be impressed at how simple we have made the whole process.
Providing you have so either a Passport, Driving license or Identity card you’ll be able to open a basic account that enables you to:
- Make contactless card payments
- Have wages paid into your account
- Set up direct debit payments
- Make cash transfers in the UK and abroad.
- Pay rent and utility bills.
What do we offer?
At Suits Me® we understand that being new to country will often mean to don’t speak the language. Our Customer Services department employ multi-lingual advisers to help you get your account up and running. We offer:
- Quick online applications
- Easy to up upload selfie button
- Late opening hours for shift workers
- Contactless Debit Cards delivered in 3-5 days
Other immigration help and support available
There are lots of organisations that are here to help you build a life in the UK.
Migrant help offer really robust support for asylum seekers, refugees and trafficking victims. These include:
- Refugee Resettlement
- EU settlement schemes
- Hong Kong welcome programme
- Clear voice interpreting programme
Another invaluable support service is Women’s Aid. Offering a wealth of emotional and practical advice geared towards women and children experiencing hardship, violence and abuse.
The British Red Cross has a long-standing global reputation for its work for decades in helping victims of modern slavery and trafficking.
There may be times when you feel hopeless and alone, but Suits Me® is here to help. We’d like to think this information will give you a starting point to rebuild your life.