How to get a national insurance number for foreigners ?

how to get a national insurance number for foreigners ?

If Thai national wishes to live in the UK, one of the first things they will need to obtain is a National Insurance Number. A National Insurance Number is required for the country’s social security system and is mandatory when you start work. Every individual over the age of 16 who resides in the UK must have their own unique number that will remain the same throughout their life.

Applying for a National Insurance Number

A non-British national must initially apply for a National Insurance Number over the phone by calling the freephone number 0800 141 2075. The application is currently unavailable online, although you can find more details at You will need the following information to hand when making the call:

· First Name

· Family Name

· Date of birth

· Current Address (and postcode)

· Contact phone number

· Nationality

· Type of Visa

· Visa Number

· Where Issued

· Date of Issue/Expiry of Visa

· Date of Arrival in the UK

How long does it take to get a National Insurance Number?

It usually takes around 28 days to receive your NI number, so we would recommend applying as soon as you enter the UK. Technically, you can’t work until your number has been received, but most employers will allow you to start work if you show your Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) and have completed the application process. However, this is at their discretion, and they are not obliged to do so.

Need assistance?

If you need assistance with applying for a National Insurance Number at Thai Visa Express, we can offer you professional and update advice. You can call us on +66 (0)80 102 2328, +66 (0) 38 420 313 or +44 (0) 20 8133 8059, email us on: or alternatively contact us via our website.



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