How to open a bank account

FNB is the only bank that will open accounts for refugees and asylum seekers.

You will need valid documents either section 22 asylum seeker permit or section 24 refugee status, and proof of residence.

You will not be able to open the account on the same day. The bank will verify your documents with the Department Of Home Affairs and then they will contact you once your papers have been verified.

It can sometimes take as long as a few months before you hear back from the bank.  We recommend calling or going in to the bank to check on the status of your application after about two weeks.

If a bank does not allow you to open or access your bank account because of your documentation status, please contact us.

7 responses to “How to open a bank account

  1. I’m still waiting for my work permit which the home affairs said it is still pending, if the deadline is 20/03/2012 does that means after this date I can’t get my permit?

  2. It is a fact that most banks wont open accounts for asylum seekers.However,besides FNB,people should also try Bidvest bank as they are more professsional and will go an extra-mile to help you open an account as long as you have your papers,be it an asylum or other permits.

  3. Good afternoon, if I can open back account by using asylum seeker,may you help to open it? or may you help me your contact number.because I am already try with it to FNB,ABSA but they refuse me and I need bank account, please may you help me about that problem please, my contact number is 0746071197 I am staying in pretoria.

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