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26 Jun 2010 00:00 by foxbat Star rating in Granada. 1114 posts Send private message

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OK...Hypothetical but serious question...

Brit Couple living in Spain, no UK bank account, no UK address...

Wife visits UK twice a year for periods of up to 3 months each, staying with family members.

Wife is wanting to supplement  joint income by working some of the time she is in the UK on a temporary basis.

Getting the work isn't too much of a problem, as most employers will accept her family members address.

Problem arises when the subject of salary payment comes up...she is happy to pay UK Tax and NI but employers seem to have a problem making payment into a Spanish bank account. Can't see why this should be a problem because hubby has UK sterling pensions paid into a Spanish account.....

Can't open a British bank account because no proof of UK address.

Has anyone any knowledge of a work-around this problem?

Could on-line banking through someone like ING a solution?

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.




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27 Jun 2010 10:35 by suemac Star rating in Jumilla, Murcia. 1001 posts Send private message

It might be worth looking into opening a BBVA Spanish link account.  I had one when we first moved to Spain: a couple of pensions were paid into the account in London, which I was then able to transfer to my account in Jumilla.  I eventually decided it was too much hassle, plus a bit hit and miss with the exchange rate, so arranged for my main pension to be paid directly into the account in Jumilla and then closed the London account. 

I can't remember what documents I needed to open the account, however if she had a BBVA account already set up in Spain it would probably be fairly straightforward to open one in the UK linked to it.  To avoid charges, I needed to keep a minimum amount in the London account and the charges paid were then reimbursed at the end of the year (I waited until that happened before closing the account!)



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27 Jun 2010 11:14 by TechNoApe Star rating in Duquesa, Manilva. 1278 posts Send private message

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28 Jun 2010 22:03 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6927 posts Send private message

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28 Jun 2010 23:37 by Faro Star rating in London. 1139 posts Send private message

Ask the employer for a letter of introduction.

I used to employ a lot of Australian/New Zealand/South African's and that was how I used to help them open bank accounts.

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