National Insurance for migrants

Updated on 9 September 2020


National Insurance contributions in the UK are paid by employees and employers on earnings and count towards certain state benefits. The self-employed contribute by a fixed weekly amount and a percentage of net profits above a certain threshold. Individuals may also make voluntary contributions in order to fill a gap in their contributions record and thus protect their entitlement to certain benefits.

Hand holding a National Insurance card in front of a Union Jack flag
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This section has information on National Insurance specifically for migrants. It contains further information on the following topics:

For a simpler overview, you may want to read our National Insurance factsheet.

Where do I find more information on National Insurance in general?

If you want more detailed information on general National Insurance topics, you can visit the following pages:

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