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Quest for an NI Number, part 1

(This is likely to be an extremely dull and probably uneventful saga, but if I write about it, friends who have gone through the process may be able to provide me with helpful advice.)

An appropriate governmental website tells me that to apply for an NI number*, I must go to my nearest Job Centre or Social Security office and apply in person; when the office is unable to locate an existing NI number for me, I will be scheduled for an interview.

I diligently look up and map the route to my nearest Job Centre. I walk there. It's 3:45 and the office is closed. The posted open hours are from 9 am - 5 pm, which I am clearly there between. A sign in the window lists numbers to call, depending on needs. I walk home and call the relevant number. It rings and rings and rings. No answer.

* National Insurance number. Just like a SSN or a SIN.
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