Moving to and working in the UK
See how our international bank account can help you control your finances.
Setting up your banking in the UK
Whether you’re moving to the UK, or have been working here a while, a Barclays International Banking account can help with your day-to-day banking and your international finances. You’ll also have access to a wide range of financial services from Barclays, including savings, investment products and mortgages.
Is our international account right for you?
A Barclays International Banking account suits clients living and working inside or outside the UK. It could be right for you if:
- You live in the UK and intend to return to your home country at some point
- You’re moving to the UK and intend to return to your home country at some point
- You work in the UK
- You’re studying in the UK
- You live in the UK and travel frequently overseas
- You’re returning to live in the UK after living abroad.
To qualify, you need to deposit and maintain a balance of £25,000 or more (or currency equivalent) in cash or investments across your Barclays International Banking accounts, or you’re opening an account to apply for an international mortgage with us.
Why choose an international bank account?
Banking, mortgages and financial services in one place
Our international accounts give you the option to simplify your finances, including handling your mortgage and introducing you to specialists such as tax advisers.
Easy to open
To open most UK bank accounts, you have to give electricity or telephone bills from your UK address – which you’ll usually only have after living in the UK for several weeks. When you set up a Barclays International bank account you only need to give your passport and confirmation of your non-UK address. Often you can open your account before you move. We also make it easy to redirect standing orders and direct debits to your new account.
Bank in multiple currencies
Open multiple bank accounts in a range of currencies, including sterling, euros and US dollars. (The account options we can offer you depend on your circumstances.)
Options for Wealth cards, debit cards and cheque books
You may be able to get several cards with your international bank account, including the Barclays debit and Wealth cards2.
24-hour1 control of your finances
Access and manage your international online bank account1 from almost anywhere in the world – wherever you have an internet connection. You can transfer up to £50,000 (or currency equivalent) per transaction, order cheque books and place instructions when it suits you.
Our broad range of investments includes managed portfolios run by some of the world's finest fund managers. There are options to suit almost every appetite for risk and reward. Please note that Barclays International Banking does not offer an Investment Advisory service to clients in the UK.
You should remember that the value of your investment and the income from it can go down as well as up. You may not get back the amount you invested. Your returns may also be affected by exchange rate fluctuations.
With Barclays International Banking, you can choose from a range of fixed and variable mortgages with the ongoing support and expertise of our Mortgage Advisors. Our dedicated customer service and product range was recognised at the Your Mortgage awards, where we were named Best Bank for Mortgages in 2014. We're committed to helping you work out what's right for you and choose the mortgage that best suits your needs.
If you hold at least £100,000 (or currency equivalent) you'll qualify for our Relationship Service. You'll be able to work with a Relationship Manager and have access to buy-to-let mortgages.
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International Banking is available if you have £25,000 (or currency equivalent) to deposit and maintain across your accounts, or you’re opening an account to apply for an international mortgage with us. If you want to open an International Bank Account: