NATIONAL INSURANCE AND ACCESS TO WORK FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
NATIONAL INSURANCE (NI)
National Insurance (NI) is the name given to the British social security tax; contributions are made by everybody in employment. National Insurance is the government scheme to provide security for people who work when they are sick, unemployed or retired. Most people brought up in the
You will need a UK National Insurance number to work in the
Once in employment you can earn up to £105 per week without paying National Insurance, BUT you will still require a National Insurance number to work in the
In order to get a NI number, you must have either a written offer of work from
your prospective employer or be able to prove that you are actively seeking work (i.e. a letter from an employment agency). You will then need to phone the Job Centre Plus National Insurance Allocation Helpline on 0845 6000643 (open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm) to make an appointment.
You will need to take with you to the interview a written offer of employment or written proof you are actively looking for work, your passport and one other piece of identification. You will be asked to complete an application form to get a National Insurance number.
It may take 4 - 12 weeks to process your application; in the meantime your employer may issue you with a temporary National Insurance number which you should use until you receive your permanent number.
UK nationals who, for whatever reason, do not have/know their national insurance number can simply contact the Job Centre Plus National Insurance Allocation Helpline to get a NI number i.e. you do not need to wait until you have an offer of work.
If you or your prospective employer has any queries or difficulties you can contact the National Insurance Enquiry Line on: 0845 3021479 or contact us in the ARC. (See overleaf).
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS and ACCESS TO WORK
Students studying at UK institutions and who are not nationals of a European Economic Area (EEA) country are no longer required to obtain permission from the Job Centre to take spare time and vacation work.
Similarly, they are able to do work placements that are part of a ‘sandwich course’ or to undertake internship placements without the need to obtain permission from the DfEE’s Overseas Labour Service.
This change took effect on 21st June 1999. Under the new arrangements students will not need to obtain permission before they can work. The conditions covering the hours and type of work they may do, which remain unchanged are:
· the student should not work for more than 20 hours per week during term time except where the placement is a necessary part of their studies with the agreement of the educational institution;
· the student should not engage in business, self employment or the provision of services as a professional sports person or entertainer;
· the student should not pursue a career by filling a permanent full time vacancy.
This applies to people admitted to the
The information above was last updated in 08/08. However, we recommend before you make any decision or enter into any agreement you carry out your own checks.