There are 3 ways for an Advisor to open a client account. All three methods are started from the FA Account Management, Account Administration -> Add Account.
Fully Electronic Invitation
With this method, the FA sends an invitation to the client. The client completes all information and submits for approval. The password is given to the client immediately.
With this method, the FA completes the application on behalf of the client, then sends to the client for a signature. Once the account is approved, the password is mailed, via US Mail, to the customer. While the application is pending, the FA can view and reprint from the FA Account Management.
With this method, the FA or the client completes the application and mails / faxes it to IB for approval. Once the account is approved, the password is mailed, via US Mail, to the customer.
Note: If the FA Wants to open a sub account for himself
The FA is asked, when completing the FA application, if they would like to create a trading sub account for themselves. If they choose no, they may open an account at a later time, however they will be required to submit all new documents. They can submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org to request that the documents which were used for the master account be applied to the sub account. To create a sub account they should complete an Electronic Invitation, accessible through the FA Account Management. The trading sub account of the FA can not be set up as an IRA account.