How can International Students apply for National Insurance numbers?


Students who are planning to work and can prove that they have the right/approval to work in the UK need to have a National Insurance Number.

A student not having the National Insurance number yet and intending to apply for one need to satisfy the following eligibility criteria


To apply for a NI number, the applicant must reside in the UK and possess the right to work in the UK. The applicant must be searching for a job or can also have an offer in hand to start working in the UK. Applicants who are already employed and have started working somewhere can also apply for it.

Applicants are not entitled case if

-They have misplaced their existing National Insurance number. In situations where applicants have lost the same, it will be important for them to understand the process of finding the lost NI number instead of applying for a fresh number.

-They are a resident in the UK and are aged 19 years or below. This is because, in this case, candidates already get National Insurance number routinely 3 months before their 16th birthday provided the fact that the candidate stays in the UK and one of their parents has filled in and submitted the Child Benefit claim.

-They possess a Biometric Residence Permits (BRP) which already has the NI number imprinted on the backside of the card. – An applicant is applying for the NI number as they intend to apply for some types of benefits or student loans. A student does not require a National Insurance number to apply for student loans or other allowances. However, a student will get a NI number if the application for allowances or a student loan is successful.

The process to apply for NI number

Students need to use the following documents at the time of application

– A passport

– A Biometric Residence Permit

Students can also produce national identity cards of the following countries instead of BRP/Passport

– Switzerland

– Norway

– Nations in the European Union

– Liechtenstein

If students are unable to produce any of the above-mentioned documents, then, in that case, they might need to schedule an appointment for proving their identity. To prove one’s identity via online mode, applicants need to submit digital photos of their photo Identity Card and physically present themselves. Again, if students are unable to submit these documents online, then they are allowed to post photocopies of their documents and physically attend an appointment.

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