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curveegrrl



Joined: 07 May 2003
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Location: Utsunomiya, Japan

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 7:43 am    Post subject: Applying for an NI number Reply with quote

I'm going to the UK to teach at a summer school. I can only assume I will need an National Insurance Number. How does an individual go about getting one? I imagine I won't be able to get one umtil I'm in the UK, but I won't be arriving very long before my job starts. Is there anyway of starting the process (making appointments, getting needed forms) from outside the UK? How long does the process take?

Thanks!
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grahamb



Joined: 30 Apr 2003
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 8:53 am    Post subject: NI number Reply with quote

Check with your future employer. I imagine they'd arrange it for you.
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gugelhupf



Joined: 24 Jan 2004
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Inland Revenue will sort out an NI number once the initial paperwork is completed between yourself and th employer. See http://www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/cnr/p86_dom1.htm for details of the forms you will need to fill in.
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b-boy



Joined: 27 May 2003
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Location: Los Angeles, California

PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Howdy,

Your employer will give you a temporary NI number when you arrive. If they don't know what it is then you can make it yourself. TN (Temporary Number) + 6digit date of birth + M or F depending on whether your a bloke or a bird (I never use this word myself). So your TEMP NI number will look like this: TN310375M .

Know that you will be taxed at the highest percentile but once you have your National Insurance number interview, and they send you out your actual real number 6-8 weeks later, you can tell your employer and the government will give you back the money they'd taken from you.

I had to organize my NI interview myself. You can do it at a Job Centre Plus near your home or your job. The interview itself was painless. They asked me for my passport, and my work permit. No blood and no declarations that I wasn't a terrorist.

The one thing I would try to organize before you come over is a bank account. I wish I had. Thomas Cook can set it up for you, I think.

Hope this helps.

b-boy
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curveegrrl



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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2004 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your help! This is exactly the stuff I wanted to know.
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