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My daughter's application has reached the "waiting for national insurance number" stage. Our understanding is that SFE will have contacted the DWP, who will be sending her an application package.

Her application reached this stage around 3 weeks ago and we are still waiting for anything from the DWP.

Is there anyway we can check if the DWP process has been started? Is there a phone number we can ring, or an email address we can contact?

We live abroad, so mail can be slow reaching us, and we are concerned that, if there is a delay in starting the DWP process, it may be a long time before we discover that there is a problem.

Combined with the fact that apparently the application process itself can take several months, we are getting concerned that the process may not be completed before the start of the academic year.

Thanks.
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Hi we have just received the email, no nino no loan. We live in the EU, but are british nationals with no uk address, so not sure how to proceed
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Hi we have just received the email, no nino no loan. We live in the EU, but are british nationals with no uk address, so not sure how to proceed
Have you actually been denied a loan, or do you mean you are at the "waiting for NINO" stage? Assuming the latter, this is the same stage as my daughter. In theory, SFE is meant to contact DWP, who should then send you an application package through the mail (I presume to whichever EU address you used on your SFE application).

I am hoping someone from SFE will jump in and indicate how we can check if the DWP are actually sending out the application package (we have been waiting for 3 weeks so far).

(if you have been denied a loan, that is a different issue and I suggest creating a new discussion thread)
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My daughter's application has reached the "waiting for national insurance number" stage. Our understanding is that SFE will have contacted the DWP, who will be sending her an application package.

Her application reached this stage around 3 weeks ago and we are still waiting for anything from the DWP.

Is there anyway we can check if the DWP process has been started? Is there a phone number we can ring, or an email address we can contact?

We live abroad, so mail can be slow reaching us, and we are concerned that, if there is a delay in starting the DWP process, it may be a long time before we discover that there is a problem.

Combined with the fact that apparently the application process itself can take several months, we are getting concerned that the process may not be completed before the start of the academic year.

Thanks.
(Original post by Rule4567)
Hi we have just received the email, no nino no loan. We live in the EU, but are british nationals with no uk address, so not sure how to proceed
(Original post by Steve H.)
Have you actually been denied a loan, or do you mean you are at the "waiting for NINO" stage? Assuming the latter, this is the same stage as my daughter. In theory, SFE is meant to contact DWP, who should then send you an application package through the mail (I presume to whichever EU address you used on your SFE application).

I am hoping someone from SFE will jump in and indicate how we can check if the DWP are actually sending out the application package (we have been waiting for 3 weeks so far).

(if you have been denied a loan, that is a different issue and I suggest creating a new discussion thread)
Hi, if a student applies for SFE funding without a National Insurance Number (NINO) then we send their details to the DWP.

The DWP then send the student an application pack in the post (we have no information on timescale). The student can then complete the application to apply for a NINO. The DWP will inform us once the student has a valid NINO.

The students funding will remain blocked until they have a valid NINO on their student finance account.
Thanks, Isaac
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Hi, if a student applies for SFE funding without a National Insurance Number (NINO) then we send their details to the DWP.

The DWP then send the student an application pack in the post (we have no information on timescale). The student can then complete the application to apply for a NINO. The DWP will inform us once the student has a valid NINO.

The students funding will remain blocked until they have a valid NINO on their student finance account.
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Hi Isaac, thanks for the response. Is there any way to confirm that the DWP process is in progress? For example, do the SFE systems contain any indication that the necessary details have been passed to the DWP? Can we contact the DWP to verify that the application package has been sent out?
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Hi Isaac, thanks for the response. Is there any way to confirm that the DWP process is in progress? For example, do the SFE systems contain any indication that the necessary details have been passed to the DWP? Can we contact the DWP to verify that the application package has been sent out?
You're welcome.

Is there any way to confirm that the DWP process is in progress
In your online SFE account it shows if it has been sent to the DWP, this process is automatic and happens after being approved.

Can we contact the DWP to verify that the application package has been sent out?
I am unsure about this. I don't think any DWP advisor will fully aware of the process or if something has been sent in my opinion.
So I don't think so.

Thanks, Isaac
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