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I am currently living in Portugal and goin to move to the UK (Scotland) tomorrow. My boyfriend found a job there, so his company will be taking care of most of the needed paperwork, but I will have to work as a freelancer.

In order to set up as a sole trader it seems that I have to follow the instructions I found here https://www.gov.uk/set-up-sole-trader, but I find myself with some doubts. A lot of the information I find online is for people outside the EU and need Visas.

I will need a national insurance number right? Where should I go to request one as a new UK resident?

It seems that when applying for a Biometric Residence Permit, a national insurance number would be assigned to me, but as a EU citizen can I apply for a Biometric Residence Permit?

If I cannot obtain a Biometric Residence Permit, what type of UK identification can I get?

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    You can get your accountancy firm to do most of leg work, that's what I did. And you can TRY for a temporary NIN... – Gayot Fow Feb 14 '17 at 2:21
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Nobody cares where you currently live - the question is what your nationality is. Are you a UK citizen, or a EU citizen?

To get the NI number, assuming you are a EU citizen: Call the numbers given at https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number . You don't have and you don't need a "Biometric Residence Permit" if you have a EU passport. You have to be in the UK to apply, but you will get a number without any problems.

You might consider starting a Limited Liability Company which has some tax advantages compared to being a sole trader, especially if you make more than about £40,000 a year. Check that out at http://companieshouse.gov.uk .

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