To claim a refund of UK National Insurance contributions paid while working abroad, you can either:
- use the online form service
- fill in the form on-screen, print and post to HM Revenue and Customs
To claim online, you need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you claim.
- your National Insurance number, this is 2 letters followed by 6 numbers and 1 letter, you’ll find this on your payslip, P60 or tax return
- your international address
- details of your UK employment status before you left the UK, including employer name and address
- the date you last paid National Insurance contributions
- details of your employment abroad, including when you left the UK, the country you were in, employer name and address, employment start and end dates, and who you had your contract with (read the section about ordinary residence on pages 6 and 7 of leaflet NI38 before you answer this question. We’ll ask you for more information if we need to check this
Before you start using the print and post form
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You’ll need to fill in the print and post form fully before you can print it. You can’t save a partly completed form so gather all your information together before you start to fill it in.