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How long does it take to open a bank account?

Hi,
I’m about to apply for a bank account with the Bank Of Scotland. I was wondering how long it will take for this account to become active after applying and, equally as important, when I will receive my Visa Electron card?
N.B. I’m not transferring from any other accounts, I’m just starting as new.
Thanks.

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8 Responses to “How long does it take to open a bank account?”

  1. O'G said:

    it should be a quick process

  2. Stephanie F said:

    You should call them and ask them as they know best how to answer you. Each bank may have different things.

  3. tinow said:

    duno if they give u a visa straight away, mite be a cashcard 1st

    take about 8 weeks if ur doing it online, bout 2-3 weeks in branch

  4. The Duval Beast said:

    idk
    maybe a few yrs

  5. Freyelements-IBlogit said:

    Well if your opening an every day run of the mill banking account, it should only take about 30 mins an its a great idea an good way to control your money but I wouldn’t get into the direct bill pay cause they take the money right out of your account even if its not thier leaveing you broke an owning a fine for insuffisiant funds, unless money isnt an issue an 2nd make sure to keep money at home cause you never know whats going to happen…

  6. bluebell said:

    Just minutes to open a bank account. Bring photo ID and 2 utility bills addressed to you, as proof of residence. A current account will probably give you a debit card at first. Ask for it if they don’t offer it. It will come by mail within a week or so, and the individual PIN will come by separate mail, but your account will be active from the minute you deposit money in. Visa Electron is a debit card, and you have to have the money already in your account to be able to use it – you can’t go overdrawn. Just make sure you keep enough money in the account, and you will be fine.

  7. LoopeyLoz said:

    Providing you take the correct ID they should be able to open your account the same day. Card and pin takes around 7 days

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