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How to apply for a National Insurance number

The National Insurance Number is usually provided when a UK resident turns 16 and is essential to ensure you pay the correct amount of tax.

Here’s what we know about how to apply and who’s eligible:

Anyone who is not a UK citizen but wants to work in the UK can apply for a National Insurance number

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Anyone who is not a UK citizen but wants to work in the UK can apply for a National Insurance numberCredit: Getty

How to apply for a National Insurance number

You can apply for a National Insurance number through government website.

You only need to apply for one if you plan to work in the UK.

Even so, you can start work without a visit as long as you can prove you have the right to work in the UK.

To apply for a National Insurance number, you need a passport from any country or a BRP (biometric residence permit).

You can also use a national identity card if you are from an EU country, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

You can still apply if you don’t have any of these documents, but you may need to make an appointment with a government agency to prove your identity.

What are the eligibility criteria for National Insurance?

You can apply for an NI number if you live in the UK and are looking for work or have an offer to start working in the UK.

If you have already started working, you can also apply for an NI number at any time.

Workers relocating to the UK from any country can apply for this number, to ensure you are only taxed on the amount you must have while working in the UK.

Who can’t get a National Insurance number?

You are not eligible to apply for a National Insurance number if you lose it or if you are a UK resident under the age of 19, as you will be automatically issued.

You also do not need to apply if you have biometric residence permit (BRP) with the National Insurance number printed on it

Also, you don’t have to apply because you want or need to apply for a grant or a student loan

You also do not need a National Insurance number to apply for the European Union Mediation Scheme.

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https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/17471400/how-to-apply-for-a-national-insurance-number/ How to apply for a National Insurance number

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