Hello! I'm posting this in English in the hope DST can contribute with some advice as well as other members of the forum. I apologise if it's a bit long but I want the situation to be understood. My husband (who has a blue card as a highly skilled migrant) and I went to the bank to inquire about opening an account in his name. (I have had an account with that bank for years). When we first went to the bank two days ago, the lady at the reception had a look at his passport and told us he needs to come back with proof of address and his passport and they will open the account for him. We explained that he doesn't have a job yet as he just arrived in the country, and the lady, after discussing with somebody inside an office, said that this was not a problem. They set up an appointment for my husband for today. However when he went to the bank today, the person who was due to open his account told him to come back only when he has a job. As proof of address, he presented the letter from the Home Office which had accompanied his blue card when it arrived in the mail but the bank person said this was not acceptable because it wasn't letter-headed paper (although it had the Home Office logo on it). She said "How do I know you haven't written this letter yourself, it may be false." He also showed them his blue card but they didn't accept that as an official document. He left, swearing he won't go back to that bank again. Because I've been banking with them for years, I wanted to complain about this so I went to the bank myself and asked what the problem was and the person who dealt with my husband said this was because he was Romanian (I am also Romanian). She said conditions are different for Romanians and Bulgarians, who must present more papers than other EU nationals in order for banks to open accounts for them because of our "special status." I asked to speak to the branch manager, who is a very bright and customer-focused person, and who assured me the situation will be solved, as I have been a customer of that bank for a long time. I clearly felt discriminated. Just out of curiosity, have you encountered this situation at your bank? How can one deal with such things? I have been faced with this problem before and every time I managed to solve it but I dread the moment when I won't be able to solve it anymore. For instance I couldn't get a GP to accept me on their lists (I was simply told at the surgery that they do not accept Romanian and Bulgarian nationals) and when I first rented my flat I was told I had to pay 6 months rent in advance because I was Romanian. On both these occasions I persisted and I managed to persuade them that I have the same rights as other people in this country, but I wonder if there's a "cure-for-all" solution. Any magic bullet? Any secret list of acceptable Romanians? Seriously now, if anyone knows if the Home Office will issue Romanians and Bulgarians who are here legally with letters asking the organizations they deal with to treat them fairly, please let me know.