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Maria

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Dear Dave

I am a UK resident and have a researcher's contract with a university in Belgium, however, I plan to continue living in the UK for the duration of the contract. Is it possible to open a bank account in Belgium using my UK address as proof of residence?

Many thanks for your help.

by Maria on 14 Sep 2017
Dave Deruytter

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Answer:

Dear Maria,

Yes it is possible to open a bank account in Belgium on your UK address as legal address when you work in Belgium.
The condition is of course that you actually live in the UK and that the UK is the centre of your socio-economic life. Example, though you work in Belgium most weekends and holidays you are back in the UK and your husband lives and works there. Whilst working in Belgium during the week you live in an apart-hotel.

Yours sincerely,

Dave Deruytter

by Dave Deruytter on 18 Sep 2017
Maria

Follow up Question:

Dear Dave,
Thank you for your answer. What kind of documents would a bank accept as proof of UK address? In my first visit to Belgium, when I plan to visit a bank to open an account, I will be staying with friends (for no longer than 3 nights). Will the bank require proof of hotel accommodation?
Many thanks again.
Maria

by Maria on 19 Sep 2017
Dave Deruytter

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Answer:

Dear Maria,

If your legal address is not mentioned on your ID card or passport, then another semi-official document or card will do: driver’s license, social security card, document of the commune, your most recent tax declaration, …
ING Belgium will not require proof of hotel accommodation.
Still they will want to know your activity and the type of transactions you intend to do with the ING bank account in Belgium.

With best regards,

Dave Deruytter
ING Belgium

by Dave Deruytter on 25 Sep 2017

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