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National Insurance numbers
When applying for benefits or applying to work in the United
Kingdom, a National Insurance (NI) number is required.
This is a number allocated to a person that they keep for their
whole life. It is unique to that person and ensures that HM Revenue
and Customs records NI contributions or credits to their NI account
correctly. These contributions and credits will be required when it
comes to claiming benefits.
National Insurance number for working
Before an application can be taken, proof that a person has
permission to work must be seen. This is normally stamped in a
passport or on a work visa.
National Insurance number for claiming benefits
A benefit claim should be made even if a person has no National
Insurance number. The relevant benefit department would contact the
mobile National Insurance Allocation Team who will then arrange an
appointment with the client.
Forms of identification
Clients will need to bring to the interview a selection of the
- Home Office documents;
- any identity cards they may have;
- their birth certificate;
- a driving licence;
- any household bill showing their current address;
- bank cards;
- wage slips, if applicable;
- proof of address; for example, a tenancy
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