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  1. I have recently been offered a job with a well-known company, but I cannot start induction with them until I provide proof of my national insurance number. They say that ONLY the following count as acceptable proof:

     

    • P45
    • P46
    • Former payslip
    • Letter from HMRC

     

    As I have not had any previous contractual jobs, I have no P45 or P46.

     

    However, I DO have a former payslip as well as a letter from HMRC. But the problem is that the National Insurance number on them is only a temporary one, so I cannot use them as proof of my permanent National Insurance number.

     

    So this leads me onto my first question: why do people keep giving me temporary national insurance numbers despite them knowing my permanent one??

     

    I tried to solve this by using HMRC form CA5403 (a request of National Insurance number confirmation) and sending it to HMRC using a first class stamp.

    However, reading up on the internet I have read many horror stories of HMRC taking months to get back by post.

     

    So this leads me onto my second question: how long does HMRC take to get back to NI number confirmation requests? I cannot start work until I get a letter from them so they are kinda holding my employment prospect in the balance. Needless to say, I am slightly p*ssed off with it all.

     

    I would be immensely grateful if anyone could answer my questions, thanks in advance!

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