International Account Opening

Opening an HSBC International Account

Whether you're emigrating, retiring, studying or working abroad we are here to help.

HSBC International Account Opening

Account set up in advance

If you are moving abroad you can open your new chequing account before you leave so it's set up when you arrive. Please allow up to 30 days to process your application. You must meet all HSBC qualifying criteria and document submission requirements.

Free review

We'll review your international needs to ensure your banking needs are met.

Available in 37 countries

Open an account in 37 different countries including U.S.A., China, U.K., and Hong Kong. Subject to qualifications, status and local country laws and regulations.

Credit history transfer

By transferring your HSBC credit history, it's even easier to continue your banking relationship with us. Subject to qualifications, status and local country laws and regulations.

Processing Time

Due to local country laws and regulations, it can take 30 days to process your application. Our Global International Banking Centre team will keep you regularly updated on the progress of your application through telephone and email. If you have any questions, please reach out to your Case Manager during Canadian Business Hours.

Five steps to opening an account abroad

A fee may apply to use this service for Non Premier customers1. Please see our Service Charges Brochure for more details. For non HSBC Bank Canada customers, to open an account in another country you may be required to open a Canadian HSBC account before your International Account application can be processed.

Get in touch

Get in touch and start your application at least a month before you need to use your account by visiting any HSBC Branch in Canada, calling our Global International Banking Centre at:

1 888 280 4722 (Toll free North America)
1 604 419 4169 (Outside North America)
(9:00 am – 8:00pm EST)

OR

Send us an email

Please set aside 45 minutes to go through the International account opening application with an HSBC International Case Manager. The Case Manager will take the time to get to understand your international banking needs, and help complete the application for you. They will be your one point of contact for your application from start to finish.

As part of your application we will request a number of documents to meet local country laws, regulations and policies for each application. These include:

  1. Passport
  2. Proof of income
  3. Source of income
  4. Other documentation such as a visa may be required
  5. Proof of address

Your International Case Manager will make an appointment for you at a branch so we can verify your documents. And take receipt of your signed application form.

What you'll need to do

Your Case Manager will guide you on what documentation is required, alongside your application form that you need to bring into the branch. This needs to be signed in branch and verified by an HSBC representative.

Due to local country laws and regulations, it can take up to 30 days to process your application. Our Global International Banking Centre team will keep you regularly updated on the progress of your application through telephone and email.

Once your account is opened, you will receive a welcome call from your Case Manager. They will make sure your opening has gone smoothly, you have everything you need, and answer any questions you may have.

The Case Manager will arrange for your welcome package, which includes your debit card and PIN, to be either sent to your mailing address or held for pick-up at a branch of your choice.

1Account opening fee is waived for HSBC Premier customers. Certain fees apply with other HSBC relationships. Retail account opening is $200 CAD, HSBC Advance account opening is $100 CAD – fees include the service of transferring HSBC credit history.