National Insurance for migrants

Updated on 23 March 2020

Migrants

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.

The UK left the European Union (EU) on 31 January 2020 and entered a transitional period, currently due to end on 31 December 2020, during which EU law continues to apply in the UK. The UK’s relationship with the EU beyond the end of the transitional period has not yet been finalised. Please note that the guidance below reflects the law as it applied before the UK’s departure from the EU, and as it will continue to apply throughout the transitional period.

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:

National Insurance factsheet

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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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