What you need to know
You will need a National Insurance Number (NINO) in order to receive benefits and when you get a job, so it is important you get one quickly.
Check to see if you have a National Insurance Number printed on the back of your Biometric Residence Permit.
If it is printed on the back you do not need to apply for one.
If you do not see a national insurance number on your BRP, you should check with your UKVI case owner to see if they have applied for one, on your behalf.
Their name and number will be written on your determination of asylum claim letter. Ask if they will apply for one for you.
If you do not have a National Insurance Number
If you do not have your National Insurance number, you must apply for one.
You can request to apply for a National Insurance Number when you first claim benefits.
You will be asked to attend a NINO interview which is separate from your benefit interview. In some cases the Jobcentre may contact you and ask you to come to a NINO interview before you request an interview.
At the NINO interview you will be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number. You will be told at the interview how long it will take to receive your National Insurance number.
A NINO is not necessary for benefits to be paid. Benefits can be paid via an Internal Identification Number until the NINO is allocated. You can request a short term benefits advance.
If you do not have your National Insurance number and you are not applying for benefits, you must apply for a National Insurance number over the phone.