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  • LAWYER RESPONSE State Pension - Moving abroad and Voluntary NI Contributions

    Hello,
    Not sure if this topic is relevant for this forum? I have 8 years of NI contributions in the UK and 1 year when I didn't contribute enough. I can pay for the gaps in that year for about £800, however, during that year I was paying national insurance in Greece, so not sure there is a point to pay? So overall, I have 2 years of contributions in Greece (2011-13), 1 year when I didn't contribute enough in the UK (2012-13) and 8 full years in the UK (2013-2021) if I count this financial year too. I'm also planning to move to Mexico later this year. My questions are:
    - Can my 2 years in Greece and 8 in the UK be merged so that I have the 10 years minimum to get some state pension from the UK at some point?
    - If not, do you know if it's possible to pay state pension in the UK from Mexico so that I reach the 10 years?
    - Do you think it's worth paying voluntary contributions to fill my year with gaps 2012-13?

    Thank you

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    Aron F (lawyer) Would you be able to comment on this?

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    • #3
      Was there a reply for this query? I have a similar question (while living in another EU country.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Lizzy View Post
        Was there a reply for this query? I have a similar question (while living in another EU country.
        We are waiting for the lawyer to provide info. In the meantime would you be able to give us more info about your circumstances?

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          Can my 2 years in Greece and 8 in the UK be merged so that I have the 10 years minimum to get some state pension from the UK at some point?
          - If not, do you know if it's possible to pay state pension in the UK from Mexico so that I reach the 10 years?
          Yes, according to the EU co-ordination rules you can aggregate periods of national insurance contributions in different member states.

          Do you think it's worth paying voluntary contributions to fill my year with gaps 2012-13?
          I think it's up to you to decide if it's worth it.

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          • #6
            Hi, ok thank you. So if I can aggregate periods and reach the 10 years minimum that way that's great.

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