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All students who have jobs need a National Insurance (NI) number, and may be liable to pay NI (Social Security) contributions. These contributions pay for your pension and other benefits: anyone working in the United Kingdom will need a National Insurance number to give to your employer.
Your NI number is used as a reference in your dealings with certain government departments throughout your working life in the UK. It will look something like this: AB 12 34 56 C (this is an example only).
Your employer uses your NI number to process deductions for tax and NI from your pay.
UK Citizens – UK citizens who have always lived in the UK should automatically be given an NI number on their 16th birthday
Most international students are eligible to work part time while studying in the UK. You can start work while you wait for your NI application to be processed and the employer can process your wages using a code of their choice.
You may also apply if you can prove that you have been actively seeking work. Applications may take a few weeks to be processed.
If you do not have a number or have lost the details then contact the National Insurance Number Allocation Service by telephone: 0845 600 0643
You may have to try more than once to get through as it can be very busy.
If you are an international student let them know that you need an NI number for work purposes and you would like to book an application interview (usually with your local Jobcentre Plus). You will be provided with an appointment time to visit their nearest office to discuss your application.
When you visit the NI number Office to discuss your application, you will need to take the following documents with you:
You will be asked some very straightforward questions at the appointment as to why you want a NI number, and providing the NI number Office are satisfied you have been looking for work they will submit an application for an NI number on your behalf.
No. Don’t panic - you do not necessarily need to have secured a job before applying for a NI number, so long as you can provide 3 items of evidence that you have been 'actively looking for work' the NI number Office will consider your request for obtaining one and the following will be considered as suitable supporting evidence:
Please note – depending on the UK region you live / study / work in there may be some differences in the system,
You can start working and get paid without one, but you must apply for one as soon as you have a job.
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