What is a UK National Insurance Number?
The unique ‘NI number’ is a nine-digit number, comprised of two letters, followed by six digits and one last letter. It is a part of a UK Government run system and is written on an official letter when you receive it.
Why is it important to you?
The UK National Insurance number is unique to the recipient. The number is used to identify you to HM Revenue & Customs and the Department of Work and Pensions. It is uniquely helpful if you wish to study or work in the UK
A National Insurance number ensures the Government correctly records any contributions you make and if you are entitled to any benefits in later years. Your National Insurance contributions go towards the UK social security and the state pension system. Insurance (NI) is required by people employed, and self-employed, in the United Kingdom.
This unique ‘NI number’ keeps track of how much you have paid in tax, as well as how much contribution you have paid towards the cost of benefits in the UK. It is also used as a form of identification by many departments including the NHS healthcare and benefits systems.
Our service can take the stress out of the application process
By using the services of NiNo Application to apply for a new National Insurance Number (NiNo), you are getting expert help from our staff to guide you through the process and vet your application to ensure it is accurate before submission. If you need our assistance please click the Help Button or start the process immediately.
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When will I be called on to use my NI Number?
If you wish to find employment or to study in the UK, you should commence your application as soon as possible. Our staff will help to guide you through the application process, every step of the way. You may be called on to provide your NI number to potential employer’s finance and HR departments for identification and taxation purposes. Your contributions will be deducted each time you are paid.
You can apply directly to the DWP or contact Job Centre Plus for a NI Number where there is no fee payable. NINO Application is a commercial support organisation designed to help our clients through the application process. We have no affiliations with the Department for Work and Pension, Job Centre Plus, any UK Government body. To apply directly to the government please visit https://www.gov.uk
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
This section will answer any questions you may have regarding your National Insurance Number?
The list below is compiled from our list of frequently asked questions about the NI service. Should you have a specific question that we do not address on this page please contact us using the form provided.
Failure to apply for a National insurance number means that you will be denied any claim to taxes you may have overpaid as well as any benefits you may be entitled to. It is therefore essential you obtain this number if you are planning to start work or to study in the UK.Which organisations may require my National Insurance number?
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Prospective employers
- HM Revenue & Customs
- Jobcentre Plus
- Pension, Disability and Carers Service
- Local council
- Banks and Building societies
In order to apply for a NI Number, you must hold a residency in the UK. By using the NiNo Application service our specially trained staff will arrange your EOI (Evidence of Identity) interview before you arrive in the U.K. (you must be able to provide us with a valid U.K address where you will be living when you arrive in the UK. you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.
You will be informed which documents to bring with you to prove your identity, such as, a valid UK or foreign passport or foreign identity card, residence permit card including bio-metric immigration residency documents, birth or adoption certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate and driving licence, proof of UK address. Please try and bring as many original ‘identity documents’ (not photocopies) to your interview.
By law, it is possible to work in the UK without a NI number, with certain employers this should not prevent you from being employed or paid. You must, however, have the legal right to work in the United Kingdom. Your bank, Department for Work and Pensions, your local council, student loans office and employers will all request your NI number. Should your employer insists on having a NI Number before hiring, you will either be turned down for work unless he will accept that you are in the process of acquiring your NI number.
You can apply directly to the DWP or contact Job Centre Plus for a NI Number where there is no fee payable. NINO Application is a commercial support organisation designed to help our clients through the application process. We have no affiliations with the Department for Work and Pension, Job Centre Plus, any UK Government body. To apply directly to the government please visit https://www.gov.uk/