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Could anyone help me work this out regards my National Insurance number - UK?

Asked by LornaLove (9931points) July 25th, 2013

I have recently relocated to the UK as I have lived abroad most of my adult life. I have been trying to get my National Insurance Number it appeared that I did not have one. Finally I was sent to a head office to try and find it, quite prepared to apply for a new one.

When I got there it appeared that I have been ‘deleted’. This is strange? My brothers were there so were my parents. My one brother is deceased as are my parents.

Why would I have been deleted?

I ask because, when I questioned the staff regards this they seemed very puzzled. Until I mentioned that when my mother was suffering dementia like symptoms she mentioned that I had a twin that they had given up for adoption. This was news to me, so I put it down to ramblings. I did mention this to the staff and they confirmed that in such a case it would be a matter of human error that I was deleted by mistake. As in the wrong twin was deleted.

I am not sure what to think, perhaps I do have a twin? I am told we all have a number the moment we are born (in the UK?). Or is this something that can simply happen?

My ‘case’ file has been sent for further investigation. I am not sure what to think?

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Headhurts's avatar

It is true that when you are born, you have a National Insurance number, though I do not understand how you have been deleted. Were you born in the UK?

LornaLove's avatar

@Headhurts Yes I was I only left there when I was 13 – 14.

I left actually a good few times and returned finally at 8 then stayed until I was around 14, but lived in Canada at age 3 for example. Then moved back then back out to Zimbabwe and so on.

downtide's avatar

Your number probably got deleted by accident, probably more likely during the time you left the country.. It happens sometimes. They can allocate you a new one.

trailsillustrated's avatar

You have to go to one of their offices with your passport and all that. They’ll find it because it’s the same all your life. ( I just did this) I think it’s about the same as in australia

Judi's avatar

it must be so nice knowing you won’t lose everything just because you get sick.

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