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I lived in the UK for a full year while doing my Master's degree, six years ago. I was registered at the NHS, and I do have the number written down.

Since I was registered at the NHS, is there a chance that I was also issued a National Insurance Number? If yes, what's the easiest way to find that out? If not, what's the process?

I'm a EU national, and do have a NIN in my home country.

  • Were you working at any point whilst as a student in the UK? – Gagravarr Jul 13 '15 at 22:34
  • No, I wasn't. Turns out I don't have one, better answer my own question now. – surfmadpig Jul 14 '15 at 23:24
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According to the people at the National Insurance Applications call centre, a NHS number does not mean a NI number at all. So if you are registered for the NHS as a student but you've never worked in the UK, you do not have a National Insurance number. In which case you apply for one.

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