How to open a UBL account online

Zorica Lončar

Interested in opening a new bank account with UBL? Read on, as we’ve put together a handy guide on how to do it.

But first, a little background on UBL UK. Owned by parent organisation United Bank Limited, it has its headquarters in London. The bank provides personal savings, wholesale banking and Islamic banking to UK and Pakistani individuals and businesses.

Here, we’ll look at whether it’s possible to open a UBL account online, along with the details and documents you’ll need to provide during the application process.

We’ll even show you an alternative. The Wise multi-currency account is ideal for people looking to manage their money between the UK and Pakistan, and worldwide too.

But more on that later. For now, let’s get back to UBL.

Are all UBL accounts available to open online?

Not all current and savings accounts at UBL UK are available to open online. Currently, you can only open the following accounts by post or in a UBL branch:

  • ACE Current Account - this is UBL’s only current account for personal customers in the UK
  • Online Easy Access Account - despite its name, you can’t open this account online.

To open one of the accounts above, you’ll need to download, print and complete this application form. Then, return it by post or in a UBL branch along with your photo ID and proof of address.

The UBL postal address is FREEPOST: RUEE-STYR-XYKE, UBL UK, 2 Brook Street, London W1S 1BQ. You can find your local UBL branch here¹.

However, there are two accounts that you can open online. These are the Fixed Term Deposits savings account, and the Fixed Rate Cash ISA. We’ll look at how to apply online for both of these accounts next.

How to open a UBL account online

Each of the UBL accounts available for opening online have slightly different eligibility criteria. Let’s take a look at what requirements you’ll need to meet to open each account:

UBL Fixed Term Deposits account

The UBL Fixed Term Deposits account is available to applicants who²:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have a UK bank account in their name - in order to fund the account and receive interest
  • Can meet a minimum balance of £2,000 (GBP accounts) or $25,000 (USD accounts)

To apply for an account, you can use either internet banking or your mobile device. Visit the UBL Digital Banking page and select ‘Register’, then follow the instructions to complete your application³.

To apply using the UBL UK Mobile Banking app, you’ll need to download it from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Then, select the ‘New Customer’ option and follow the on-screen instructions³.

UBL Fixed Rate Cash ISA

To be eligible to open a Fixed Rate Cash ISA with UBL, you’ll need to meet the following criteria⁴:

  • Be aged 18 or over
  • Be resident in the UK for tax purposes
  • Have a valid National Insurance (NI) number
  • Only open the account in your sole name
  • Be able to meet a minimum balance of £2,000.

To open the account online, simply follow the same instructions as above.

What documents will I need to open a UBL account online?

During the online application process, you’ll need to provide the following³:

  • Your personal details
  • Your account information
  • Answers to your security questions
  • Proof of photo ID - such as your passport or UK Driving License.

When you register on a mobile device, you can either scan your ID documents or manually enter your information.

How long does it take to open a bank account online with UBL?

UBL says that the fastest way to open an account is via its digital application process. However, it doesn’t say whether your account will be opened instantly after you’ve submitted your application.

If you choose to apply by post or in a branch, it can take up to 15 days for your application to be processed⁴.

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Sources used:

  1. UBL UK - Online Easy Access Account
  2. UBL UK - Fixed Term Deposits
  3. UBL UK - Internet Banking Help
  4. UBL UK - Fixed Rate Cash ISA

Sources last checked on date: 02-Nov-2022

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