(Note: only students are covered by the agreement with Vietnam). Migrants who are sent to the UK from a country with which the UK has a mutual social security agreement (sometimes referred to as a “double convention” or “totalisation agreement”) in the UK may not be required to pay NIC in accordance with the terms of the specific agreement. The countries with which the United Kingdom has such agreements are listed above. New Zealand and South Korea have also signed a social security agreement. This will come into effect in 2021. There are many nations around the world – Singapore and South Africa, for example – that do not participate in totalization agreements with other countries. The explanation for this point varies from country to country. The lack of agreement is usually due to one reason among others: if you are seconded to the UK from a country in the EEA or Switzerland, please read what happens if I am a seconded worker from the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland?. The answers to the following questions assume that you are from a non-EEA/Switzerland country with which the UK has a bilateral social security agreement. The main condition for collecting social benefits in retirement is the contribution to a plan. In some cases, the recovery of pension benefits requires that the worker has contributed to the social security program and worked in that country for a period of time. Currently, the United States has totalization agreements with the following countries: you can find a list of countries with which the United Kingdom has a social security agreement on GOV.UK. There is a list of countries with which the UK has GOV.UK social security agreements.

You can contact the International Pension Centre for more information on the situation when you enter such a country. For migrants subject to reciprocal agreement, contributions to social security authorities in the United Kingdom and the country of origin under the agreement are counted when determining the right to benefits payable by each country. The agreement contains detailed rules for different types of benefits and information on whether a worker is receiving benefits from the UK or his country of origin. Australia currently has 31 bilateral international social security agreements. While social security obligations may be one of the main contributions employers will pay when they decide to send a worker to an international mission, social security can also be one of the most neglected aspects of the compensation package. The main social security issues affecting both employers and workers travelling abroad are: if a worker is not entitled to benefits in his or her home country or in the host country because the deadlines are not met, a totalisation agreement between the two countries can provide a solution. The agreement allows the worker to add up the time spent between the two sites and to recover social security benefits in one of the countries, provided that a minimum amount is reached in one or both countries. If, for example, in the United States, the combined credits in both countries allow the worker to meet the eligibility requirements, a partial benefit may be paid on the basis of the proportion of the person`s total career in the paying country. The Social Security Agreement between the United States and Mexico was signed on June 29, 2004. The agreement must be submitted to the U.S. Congress and the Mexican Senate for consideration, so the agreement is not currently in effect (December 2014). The United Kingdom has agreements on national insurance and entitlement to benefits with the following non-EEA countries: to understand the complex situation that can arise when a worker is sent to an international mission – solely on the basis of the cost of social security – look at charts 2 and 3 below, workers` and employers` social