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How do I Apply for an NI Number?

What is an NI Number?

An NI Number (National Insurance number) is your own personal identifier assigned to you by the UK governemnt.

Who needs NI Number?

Anyone would like to work in the UK needs an NI Number. You need a NI number to make sure the National Insurance contributions and tax that you pay are properly recorded on your account. Also, it is a reference number for the social security system. Your NI Number is made up of letters and numbers, and it will never change.

Where can I find the NI Number?

  • Payslip
  • P60
  • Letters about Tax, Pension or Benefits

I don’t have NI Number, how to apply for NI Number?

To apply for an NI Number in England, Scotland or Wales, you need to have:

  • Entered the UK on a Visa
  • Have the right to work in the UK

You can call the National Insurance number application line (England, Scotland, and Wales) as below, and book for an interview.
Telephone: 0800 141 2075
Textphone: 0800 141 2438
Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 3 pm

You need to bring proof of your identity and your right to work or study to the interview.

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UK visa Q&A during coronavirus

Due to COVID19, there are many people with questions about their visa. This is advice for clients applying for visas who are affected by the COVID19 pandemic.


For those who needs make/submit application:

Q: During COVID19 outbreak, can I still apply for a UK visa?

A: Currently, applicants can still make/submit applications online. Many UK Visa Application Centres (VACs), either in the UK or overseas have suspended their service (closed) and are not accepting any appointments. According to the UK Visas and Immigration website, the earliest available appointment at the Hongkong VAC is 1st June. All submissions, including initial applications, renewals, and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications will be delayed. There is no indication when the VACs will be re-opened.

For applications submitted in the UK:-

  • If you have already made your appointment before the VAC closed, your appointment will be postponed for 6 weeks.
  • If you have not made an appointment, you will not be able to make appointments until the VAC re-opens.

For application submitted outside the UK:-

  • If you have already made your appointment, the VAC will contact you once they have re-opened.
  • If you have not already made an appointment, for some countries, you will not be able to make an appointment, or you can book for months later. Different countries will have different options.

For those who are in the UK:

Q: During the COVID19 pandemic, I been requested to do my biometric enrolment, (enrol my fingerprint) are there any changes?

A: Applicants from China, HK, USA, Australia, India, Taiwan, and many other countries will not know when they will be able to enrol. The general advice is – so long as applications were submitted on time, you SHOULD be able to enrol your fingerprints when the visa centre re-opens. You will be able to walk in without having to pay for the additional walk in fee.

Q: My visa is expiring, and I can’t leave the UK because of COVID19. Will I be consider an overstayer? What can I do?

A: According to the UKVI, if you cannot leave the UK because of travel restrictions or self-isolation related to COVID19, your visa can be extended to 31 May 2020 but you must contact the Coronavirus Immigration Team (CIT)  to update your records and to explain why you can’t go back to your home country. The CIT will contact you when they have received your email and reply you when your visa has been extended.

CIT E-mail: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

CIT Tel: 0800 678 1767 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) – The line is very busy (or understaffed – we have tried calling on a number of occasions and have been on hold for more than an hour without getting through). It is recommended that you to email them.

If you’re a doctor, nurse or paramedic working for the NHS, your visa will be automatically extended by one year if it is due to expire before 1 October 2020. The extension is free and you will not have to pay the immigration health surcharge. Family members with a visa due to expire before 1 October 2020 will also have their visa extended.

Q: I am in the UK but my visa application has to be done from my home country. During the COVID19 pandemic, what can I do?

A: According to the UKVI, you’ll be able to apply from the UK to switch to a long-term UK visa until 31 May. This includes applications where you would usually need to apply for a visa from your home country. You’ll need to meet the same visa requirements and pay the UK application fee. This includes those whose leave has already been automatically extended to 31 March 2020.

Q: I’m on the T1 Entrepreneur Visa and I’m unable to employ 2 people for the ongoing 12 consecutive months because of disruption caused by COVID19 outbreak. I won’t meet the visa requirement then. What can I do?

A: According to the UK government guidelines, if you are on a Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa and your business has been disrupted by COVID 19, the 12-month period you are required to employ someone for can be made up of multiple employees across different months, instead of employing at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months each. If you have not been able to employ staff for 12 months in total by the time your visa expires, you will be allowed to temporarily extend your stay to give you time to meet the requirement.


For those who are outside the UK:

Q: During the COVID19 pandemic, can I still travel to the UK?

A: The border has not been closed for the moment. All holders of a British passport, permanent residence, and any valid visa can enter the UK freely.

Q: I am currently outside the UK, and my visa has been granted. However, I would miss my UK visa entry date because of the disruption (flight cancelation) caused by COVID19 outbreak. What should I do?

A: According to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), for those who wish to change the date on their visa vignette so they can still enter into the UK on future dates, it will cost them £169/person to apply for new vignette (30 days vignette).

Q: Because of the COVID19 outbreak, I can’t travel back to the UK as planned. Consequently, I will spend more than 180 days outside the UK in the last 12 months. I can’t meet the permanent residence application requirement. Will UKVI assess it discretionarily?

A: According to the UK Immigration rules, before the application for permanent residence/indefinite leave to remain, applicants should stay no more than 180 days outside the UK for every 12 calendar months, unless it is an international humanitarian crisis (e.g. Ebola in 2014).

There is no confirmation as of today whether COVID-19 would be defined as an international humanitarian crisis nor how to deal with applicants who have failed to return to the UK temporarily and failed to meet the residence requirements.

Q: I’m applying for the Start-up visa. My endorsement letter is expiring. I can’t travel to the UK because of disruption (flight cancelation) caused by COVID19 outbreak.  What should I do?

A: According to the UK government guidelines, if you are applying for a Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa and your endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because you have not been able to travel to the UK, you should make the application as planned and UKVI will consider all applications on a case by case basis. You may still be eligible for a visa. If your endorsement was still valid on your date of application (the date that you submit your application online), you will not require to get a new endorsement letter from endorsing body.

Q: I am under Tier 1 Entrepreneur visa, my business has been disrupted, what should I do if I cannot meet the extension requirement?

A: If you have not been able to employ staff for 12 months in total by the time your visa expires, you will be allowed to temporarily extend your stay to give you time to meet the requirement.

You no longer need to employ at least 2 people for 12 consecutive months each. The 12 month period you are required to employ someone for can be made up of multiple jobs across different months.

Q: My business has been disrupted, my staff are on furlough, will that be count towards the 12 month period?

A: No, employees were furloughed will not count towards the 12 month period.


Hope all is well. Stay safe, and keep happy!

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We represent and advise private individuals, corporate and business bodies, students, educational institutions, and charities. We believe in professionalism and jargon-free advice that is tailored to your circumstances.

Immigration law is turbulent and subject to change – we are always up to date and ensure we represent you within today’s legal framework.

We assist with all visa applications, work permits, and advise on succeeding in the UK Points-Based System (PBS). We help with student visasinvestor and entrepreneur cases, and business enquiries.

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Take a look below at just some of the services we provide and contact us for a free, no obligation consultation.

At our office you’ll find help with:

  • UK Points Based System (PBS), specialising in Tier 1 (Investor and Entrepreneur), and Tier 2 (General).
  • British Citizenship & Naturalisation
  • British registration for children
  • Further Leave to Remain
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain and Permanent Residence
  • EEA and non-EEA family member applications
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  • Family and spouse visa cases.
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List of Endorsing Bodies for Start Up and Innovator Visas

List of Endorsing Bodies for Start-Up Visa

These are Higher Education Institutions (HEI).

Start-Up list last updated 19th September 2019.

Check and see if your HEI participates in the Start-Up visa programme.


Endorsing BodyNotes
Anglia Ruskin UniversityApplications are welcome from ARU students. We regret non-ARU students cannot be considered.
Arts University BournemouthEndorsing business in the creative arts industries.
Aston UniversityFor those who have completed a course of study at Aston University in the last 5 years and have had a business idea accepted by BSEEN.
Bangor UniversityBangor University only endorses Bangor Graduates on this visa and they must have graduated within 12 months preceding the application.
Bath Spa UniversityBath Spa University will only accept endorsement applications from Bath Spa students and our recent graduates (up to 2 years).
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth UniversityThey support Bournemouth University international alumni start-ups and innovators across the UK, and exceptional UK HEI international graduates looking to start businesses in Wessex.
BPP University LimitedBPP University will only endorse its own graduates in the Start-up route. We will not endorse external candidates or in the Innovator route.
Brunel University LondonBrunel University will only endorse its graduates in the Start-up route. They will not endorse external candidates or in the Innovator route.
Cardiff Metropolitan UniversityInternational Entrepreneurs Programme runs intensively for 6 months from the centre for Entrepreneurship incubator and includes workshops, mentoring, office space and general support. Cardiff Metropolitan University is currently endorsing its own students and graduates only.
Cardiff UniversityCardiff University are only able to consider endorsement requests from our graduate students or any of our students who have completed their studies and are approaching their graduation date
City, University of London
Contemporary Dance Trust
Coventry UniversityOpen to Coventry graduates only.
Cranfield UniversitySupporting entrepreneurs every step of their journey, they accept applications from students and alumni of Cranfield.
De Montfort University
Derby University
Durham UniversityThey provide opportunities for start-up visa endorsement to eligible graduating students and graduates of Durham University.
Edinburgh Napier UniversityProviding opportunities for Start-up Visa endorsement to eligible graduating students and graduates of Edinburgh Napier University.*
Falmouth University School of EntrepreneurshipCreating a unique environment to build sustainable businesses with high growth potential in one of the UK’s leading creative tech hubs.
Florida State University International Programs Assocciiation UKThey accept applications for start-up visa endorsements only from graduates of FSU or US Universities with whom they have existing affiliations.
Girne American University Canterbury
Glasgow Caledonian University
Goldsmiths University of London
Guildhall School of Music & DramaGuildhall Creative Entrepreneurs is an incubator to help people in the performing arts launch and advance their own enterprises. Guildhall School will only endorse graduates from Guildhall School.
Heriot-Watt University
Hult International Business School
Imperial College London
Keele UniversityKeele Business School Smart Innovation Hub, and the Research & Innovation Support Programme will support selected Keele students and alumni.
King’s College LondonThe Entrepreneurship Institute at King’s College London will support Start-up visas that meet UKVI criteria from current and former King’s students.
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Leeds Arts University
Leeds Beckett University
The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts
Liverpool John Moores University
London Business SchoolThey accept applications from students and alumni, as well as co-founders working with LBS students or alumni.
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics and Political SciencesFor LSE students – with the exception of non-LSE applicants who are key members of an LSE team only.
London South Bank UniversityThey can only endorse applicants who have graduated from LSBU within the last 2 years and have not started a business in the UK before.
Loughborough UniversityEndorsing body for Loughborough University graduates.
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University
Newcastle UniversityThey will only endorse graduates from Newcastle University. They will consider applications from graduating students and recent graduates (up to 3 years).
Northern School of Contemporary Dance
Norwich University of the Arts
Nottingham Trent UniversityThey are only open to students and recent graduates of Nottingham Trent University (within the immediate 2 years preceding date of application).
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth College of ArtPlymouth College of Art welcomes endorsement applications from graduates and alumni of the college.
Queen Mary University of LondonOpen to Queen Mary University of London graduates only
Queen’s University BelfastThey only accept applications for endorsement from Queen’s graduates and applicants must have completed a degree within the last 12 months.
Ravensbourne University London
Regent’s University London
The Robert Gordon University
Roehampton University
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Agricultural University
The Royal Central School of Speech and DramaCentral will only accept endorsement applications from their current students and our alumni (within 2 years of completing studies).
Royal College of Art
Royal Holloway and Bedford New College
Sheffield Hallam University
SOAS, University of London
Solent University
Swansea University
Teesside University
University College LondonThey will only consider applicants who have graduated from UCL in the last 12 months.
University for the Creative Arts
University of Aberdeen
University of the Arts LondonUniversity of the Arts London offers endorsement exclusively to UAL graduates within 2 years of graduating. The scheme is delivered by careers and employability.
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bradford
University of Brighton
University of BristolThe University of Bristol will consider endorsing their students for Start-up following a rigorous application process.
The University of Buckingham
University of CambridgeThey consider endorsement for those who are graduating or have graduated from the University of Cambridge.
University of Central Lancashire
University of ChesterThey will only endorse start-up applications from Chester students who graduate in the same academic year and who possess an outstanding, genuine and credible business idea in line with the university’s criteria.
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
University of East LondonThey only accept applications from UEL Students or Graduates. Our programme is competitive with limited endorsements therefore align your application to the criteria.
The University of EdinburghThe University of Edinburgh endorses Start-up applicants who have a close demonstrable relationship with our institution (students and alumni).
University of Essex
University of ExeterThey will only consider endorsements for students and graduates of the university who engaged with entrepreneurship activity during their studies.
University of Glasgow
University of GreenwichEndorsements allocated via the annual Enterprise Challenge, run by the university’s i3 Centre. Open to graduates of the university only.
University of Hertfordshire Higher Education CorporationThey only accept endorsement applications from their current students and their alumni (within one year of completing studies).
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Leeds
University of Leicester
University of Lincoln
University of LiverpoolThey will only endorse students who graduate from the University of Liverpool within the same academic year.
University of ManchesterOnly graduates of the University of Manchester will be considered for endorsement.
The University of Northampton
University of Northumbria at Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Plymouth
University of PortsmouthTo apply for endorsement applicants must be students or graduates (up to 5 years) from the University of Portsmouth.
University of Reading
The University of Salford
University of SheffieldEndorsement only available to those who have or will have graduated from the University of Sheffield.
University of South WalesThey will only consider endorsement for those who are graduating or have graduated from the University of South Wales or RWCMD within the last 12 months.
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
University of SunderlandTheir Enterprise Place offers start up support, 1-1 business advice, structured workshops and networking opportunities for their alumni.
University of SurreyExternal start-ups must meet SETsquared Surrey incubator criteria and adhere to the incubator membership for the endorsement duration.
University of Sussex
University of the West of EnglandTheir Launch Space provides physical incubator space and enterprise support for graduate start-up businesses at UWE.
University of the West of ScotlandThey will endorse current students or recent graduates who demonstrate an innovative business idea and entrepreneurial mind-set.
The University of West London
University of Ulster
University of Wales Trinity Saint David – Carmarthen Campus
University of WarwickThey will consider applications from Warwick graduates with a viable business idea that they wish to start in the UK.
University of Westminster
University of Wolverhampton
University of York
Unseen University
York St John University


List of Endorsing Bodies for Innovator Visa

Innovator list last updated 19th September 2019.

Innovator list last updated 14th June 2019.
Innovator list last updated 12th May 2019.

Check for an Innovator Endorsing Body

Endorsing BodyNotes
The BakeryThe Bakery endorses bona-fide entrepreneurs who qualify for our corporate innovation programmes.
Bethnal Green VenturesBGV is an early stage investor in tech for good companies who only endorse start-up entrepreneurs accepted onto their support programme
Blue OrchidBlue Orchid will only endorse high growth start-ups who are working within their client base across England’s North West and West Midlands.
Capital enterpriseCapital Enterprise will only be endorsing founders within their community.
CyLonCyLon is interested in hearing from emerging cyber security companies or entrepreneurs planning on setting up an innovative cyber start-up.
Deep Science VenturesApply if you are a scientist or engineer determined to start a deep science company.
DRS Business SolutionsDRS will only consider applications for endorsement from those individuals who they are working with in their client base.
Emsworth Corporate Planning (ECP)They support genuine global entrepreneurs who are looking to build dynamic, disruptive and fast growing business here in the UK.
First Corporate FinanceThey offer an open invitation to entrepreneurs worldwide with innovative business ideas to register in their Business Support Program, with future potential endorsement.
Fortunis Capital LtdFortunis Capital works with motivated individuals and teams who have innovative and scalable proposals that aim to have a positive impact on wider society. They actively manage their entire portfolio.
Founders FactoryFounders Factory is an award-winning tech startup accelerator and incubator. They endorse entrepreneurs joining one of their programmes.
IgniteThey only endorse applicants who are successful in applying for one of their accelerator programmes.
Innovate BritainInnovate Britain focus on vital enterprise sectors including Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Consumer and Infrastructure.
Invest Northern IrelandInvest NI endorses entities for Start-up/Innovator Visas via participation on its Accelerator Program or requests from Client companies only.
KolliderKollider is a high growth business incubator. They endorse members with innovative ideas in the creative, digital and tech sectors expected to scale in their markets within 24 months.
Level39Level39 only endorses those involved in FinTech, cyber security, smart cities, retail tech and other globally ambitious tech business.
MDR LABMDR LAB is an accelerator for tech start-ups in the legal space. They only endorse migrants accepted onto their 10-week May-July programme.
MedCityMedCity supports collaboration, investment, entrepreneurship and industry within the life sciences across Greater South-East of England.
NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator
The Royal Society of EdinburghThe Royal Society of Edinburgh only provide endorsement to their awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. They cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.
RBS Entrepreneur Accelerator
Scottish EDGEScottish EDGE can endorse winners of its bi-annual funding competition for innovative, high-growth potential Scottish businesses. Approx. 6% of applicants win.
SeedcampSeedcamp invest early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.
SeedHausSeedHaus do not accept unsolicited applications for endorsements.
SETsquared BristolSETsquared Bristol is not currently accepting external or speculative applications for Innovator through endorsement.
Startup Funding ClubStartup Funding Club invests in early stage ventures from across all sectors, leading their first funding round, supporting growth and taking them to the next stage.
Tech NationTech Nation focuses on entrepreneurs of product-led digital technology businesses and are developing an initiative to identify and support Tech Nation applicants. They aim to begin endorsing applications by April 2020 or sooner if possible.
TechstarsTechstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. They can only endorse Techstars backed Founders and other individuals from the Network.
Tech XTech X is a unique tech accelerator and incubator for global start-ups looking to transform the energy sector – offers unparalleled funding and support.
The Royal Society of EdinburghWe only provide endorsement to our awardees who have received an RSE Enterprise Fellowship. Unfortunately we cannot support any individual who does not fall under this category.
Ulster Bank Entrepreneur Accelerator
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Oct 2018 – New Process for Work or Study Visas

UKVI awards service contract to Sopra Steria

UKVI awards service contract to Sopra Steria for October 2018. Sopra Steria to streamline Work and Study Visas.

According to gov.uk, Sopra Steria, an IT and business consultancy, has been awarded a new UKVI contract to streamline applications for Work or Study Visas.

Sopra Steria will create 60 location across the UK for applicants to submit their applications, giving them more places to book appointments (it appears most of these locations will be existing libraries as Sopra Steria will be working in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians).

People booking their appointments at these new locations will be able to submit biometric information (photos, fingerprints and signatures) and supporting documentation in one meeting.

Additionally, applicants will be able to take their original documentation home with them because a copy is made and sent directly to UKVI.

An option will exist to allow people to upload their own files in advance of their appointment but no details are currently available on how this would work in practice.

This new service is anticipated for launch in October later this year.

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Passport Prices Rise on the 27th March 2018

UK Flag ThumbprintGetting a new passport is about to cost more from Tuesday 27th March 2018 and the price increases vary depending if you’re applying online or offline (by post) but there’s a way to avoid the price increase altogether if you’re due to renew your passport before the end of the year.

How are Prices Changing?

The increases are a uniform £3 per application online and £12.50 per application offline.

Current CostPassport TypeNew CostIncrease
£72.50Adult – Online£75.50£3.00
£46.00Child – Online£49.00£3.00
£72.50Adult – Postal£85.00£12.50
£46.00Child – Postal£58.50£12.50

The Premium one-day service price will be increasing from £128 to £177, an increase of £49 whilst the Fast-track one-week service will increase from £103 to £142, an increase of £39.

How to Beat the Passport Price Rise

A little known fact when applying for a new passport is that any existing time on your old passport will be added to your new passport up to a maximum period of 9 months.

This means that should your passport expire on the 26th of December, you’ll be able to apply now, pay the existing pricing and lose very little time on your existing passport but you’ll need to act quickly as there’s just under a week before these prices come into effect.

Why Are Passport Prices Rising?

According to the Minister of State for Immigration, these price increases are necessary to maintain a secure, effective and efficient service.

Apply Online Now

The cheapest way will be to apply for your passport online at the government website. This will be the quickest and cheapest way to do it.

Naturally you can apply via a company like ours but the process is so simple you’d be paying extra fees for something you can easily do yourself.

A full list of price changes (this links directly to the PDF file) is available from the UK government website but watch out, the pricing information is buried under a lot of text.

Do you have Indefinite Leave to Remain?

A lot of people assume you can apply for a British passport as soon as you have Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), unfortunately, this isn’t the case. You must apply for British Citizenship first. This has a more complicated set of requirements and if you would like to discuss this with us, please contact us or arrange a free consultation (you can do this directly through our website).

Once you have British Citizenship, you can then apply for a British passport. Unfortunately at the time of writing this article, there won’t be time to apply for British Citizenship before the 27th of March price increases.

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