Apply for a National Insurance number

Apply for National insurance Number

If you’re moving to the UK

You may already have a National Insurance (NI) number which will be printed on the back of your biometric residence permit (BRP).

If you do not have one, you must apply for a National Insurance number if you plan to work, apply for a student loan or claim benefits. You can only apply once you’re in the UK.

If you’re applying for benefits or a student loan

You can apply for a National Insurance number as part of your application for benefits or a student loan.You will not need to call the National Insurance number application line but you might need to attend a National Insurance number interview at Jobcentre Plus.

How to apply

To apply for a National Insurance number you must:

be in the UK

have the right to work or right to study in the UK

Call the National Insurance number application line to apply.

National Insurance number application line

Telephone: 0800 141 2075 

Textphone: 0800 141 2438

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

After you’ve applied

You’ll get a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) asking you to come to a National Insurance number interview at Jobcentre Plus.

The letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity, such as:

  1. passport or identity card
  2. residence permit
  3. birth or adoption certificate
  4. marriage or civil partnership certificate
  5. driving licence

At the interview, you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number. You’ll also be told how long it’ll take to get your National Insurance number.

If you change your address before you get your letter, tell DWP by contacting the National Insurance number application line.

Working without a National Insurance number

You can start work before your National Insurance number arrives if you can prove you can work in the UK. You should tell your employer that you’ve applied for one, and give it to them when you have it.

Important note for the refugees should be done by Home Office but unfortunately the Home Office of the cases when you contact with them and with them, did you give me a National Numbar say yes and we will send it to you soon and after waiting more than two weeks you find that there is no request in your name, so from the beginning It is best to have this short contact.

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