National Insurance for migrants

Updated on 30 December 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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