Social Security abroad: NI38

Use this leaflet and form to find out about paying National Insurance contributions to the UK and getting benefits when abroad.


Social Security abroad: NI38

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Some people employed abroad have to pay UK National Insurance contributions. Others may choose to pay them to help qualify for benefits when they get back to this country or for State Pension or bereavement benefits whether they come back or stay abroad. This leaflet describes the classes of National Insurance contributions, and how paying them affects your entitlement to social security benefits. It also describes arrangements for getting health care cover.

Form ‘CF83 Application to pay National Insurance contributions abroad’ is also included so you can apply to pay whilst abroad.

Published 11 February 2013
Last updated 31 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. The Social Security abroad: NI38 has been replace with an updated version due to Brexit transition.

  2. An updated verison of the Social Security abroad: NI38 has been added to this page.

  3. First published.