The phrase “National Insurance Number” (or abbreviation NIN) is not completely clear for people who are not a resident of the United Kingdom. However, it is directly related to your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa and, basically, a life-important document of your personal portfolio.
Question: “Hi Andrey, I got my Exceptional Talent Visa and a new job as a holder of this visa, not my Tier 2. Do I need to change my National Insurance Number?”
Answer: in most cases, the answer is “No”, you do not need to apply for a change to your insurance number since the Government website states this.
But traditionally there are a couple of “but” :).
If you plan to be self-employed, then you must tell about this fact to HMRC, and it may require a renewal application for National Insurance Number.
Again – as you see in the link, provided above, the list of cases is quite short and is related mainly to personal circumstances.
As a final point – I want to write briefly how did I apply for NIN with my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. I was not employed in the UK before, by the way.
The whole process of applying for National Insurance Number is explained here. I called them to the line and had a brief chat with a lady who asked me about the current situation, my visa status and my address.
The weirdest thing for me was to apply my documents (scan of passport and Biometric Residence Permit) via fax. It was such a massive headache for me! I was not aware that fax is still so popular among the governmental services 🙂
But yes, I found one of the online services, sent my docs and got a paper letter with my National Insurance Number. I made a scan of it and keep it safely now.
Additionally, I must say that recipients of the Exceptional Talent Partner Visa also need to have NIN. However, there is no need to explain anything else – the procedure is pretty much the same.