By Dora-Olivia Vicol - 05 December 2020
Ever since the Covid-19 lockdown, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has suspended the issuing of National Insurance Numbers (NINO) to all applicants in England, Scotland and Wales unless they entered the UK on a visa. Applications in Northern Ireland have been halted entirely.
This is causing a great deal of financial and psychological harm. Thousands of EU nationals struggle to find employment and access contribution-based benefits.
But we don't need to stop there. Learn more about the rights you have even without a NINO. Read about our campaign to reinstate it.