What if I come from a country with no social security agreement with the UK?

Updated on 20 November 2017

Migrants, who come to the UK from a country outside of the EEA and Switzerland and with which the UK does not have a social security agreement, may not have to pay UK National Insurance contributions (NIC) for up to 52 weeks, provided they meet certain conditions.

Do I have to pay NIC (National Insurance contributions) in the UK?

Migrants, who come to the UK from a country outside of the EEA and Switzerland and with which the UK does not have a social security agreement, may not have to pay UK NIC for up to 52 weeks, provided they meet certain conditions. Broadly speaking you need to be employed overseas and then, as part of that overseas employment, you are seconded by your employer to work in the UK.

Migrants, who do not meet the conditions, will pay UK NIC from the start of their employment in the UK.

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Where can I find further information on the conditions?

For more information, go to HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) guidance, RDR1, page 71 onwards. You can find this on GOV.UK website.

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