National Insurance number - how long does it take to get one?

Anyone got any recent experience with the process, and know how long it's taking at present? Been told two weeks to three-four months, which seems a bit excessive for generating a number and sending a letter out.

Bonus question, anyone know if the process is expedited at all for Commonwealth recruits? Or can they be attested without having a valid NI number?
Cheers
T_T
 
Anyone got any recent experience with the process, and know how long it's taking at present? Been told two weeks to three-four months, which seems a bit excessive for generating a number and sending a letter out.

Bonus question, anyone know if the process is expedited at all for Commonwealth recruits? Or can they be attested without having a valid NI number?
Cheers
T_T
How much are you willing to pay for an NI number?
 
Anyone got any recent experience with the process, and know how long it's taking at present? Been told two weeks to three-four months, which seems a bit excessive for generating a number and sending a letter out.

Bonus question, anyone know if the process is expedited at all for Commonwealth recruits? Or can they be attested without having a valid NI number?
Cheers
T_T
Not sure of the details re Commonwealth candidates @CAARPS should know though, but care has to be taken when issuing NI numbers, I think they do not get their numbers until after they have attested or some other point, too many in the past applied to join got issued an NI number and were never seen again.

Can't get hold of my daughter who used to work in recruiting for Capita at the moment for a definitive answer.
 

Blogg

LE
Your experience may vary.

Since having a NINO represents the right to all manner of things, it has become an iterative process.

In general those coming to UK have to show they have a right to live/work/study in UK before one can be issued.

And from that departure point depending on who you are, where from and why you need one a number of pathways of varying difficulty/ bureaucratic horror are available.

We have graduate and post graduate engineering secondees coming in from our India service centre on 12 month secondments for which the process is pretty smooth if the correct paperwork is done. Which it is, because we engage specialists to sort it.

At same time similar secondees from parts of South America pose a real problem because of ropey/non existing personal paperwork.
 
When the daughter decided she was going to study in the UK Mrs Effendi made a phone call to the relevant dept. she was told every British born individual is allocated an NI number at 16 and they effectively need to pop in or send a letter/form to receive it. Miss Effendi received her’s within a couple of weeks.

However, when Master Effendi reached 16 earlier this year we went through the same process. This time though we were told that he could only have his if and when he was going to return to the UK.

I remember when I was at uni the furriners from EU countries who came over and were entitled to work had to get NI numbers to do so. I took the three Greeks down to the office in town, they filled out a form and by the end of the month they all had them.
 

O Zangado

War Hero
It's easy.

1) Go to Zeebrugge (other continental, cross-Channel ports, in fact all of them, are available)
2) Climb into container, tautliner or whatever..**
3) Sail to England.
4) Disembark.
5) Look for dusky contact (DC) and identify yourself make yourself known.
6) DC will, upon receipt of every remaining dinheiro in your possession, take you to a Social Security office and get you registered.
7) Go to adjoining desk and receive muito dinheiro, keys to a house and residency application forms for your 36 extended family and dependants and, in case of objections (from the xenophobic, far right, racist,. knuckle draggers, otherwise known as taxpayers) the number of your UK publicly funded human tights lawyer

and live happily ever after, or so it seems.

OZ

**Top tip. A reefer box is not the best option, allegedly.
 
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I see the Tommy fans have arrived.
 
It used to be the case that temporary NI numbers can be issued until a proper one can be issued.
 
I am an American and when I first came here and applied for it, took me roughly two weeks. This was back in the day in 2010, don't know the current times.
 

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