The threads on this keep getting deleted, but this is an long-term, ongoing topic for Brits in HK.
Some notes from the threads:
1) You need to tell your doctor in the UK that you don't qualify for free treatment on the NHS anymore, even if you're paying voluntary NI contributions. I don't know how to get treatment in the UK after this, personally; how to pay each time you need a doctor etc:
2) The class 2 rate is ~3gbp/week (200/yr), whereas the class3 is ~15/week (800/yr). My letter didn't tell me they'd rejected me for class 2. They just billed me the higher rate. I think I got rejected because I was working at sea and got tax back. But I thought I was paying NI contributions on PAYE...
3) You lose your UK driving license. If you drive on it as non-resident, you're not breaking the law AFAIK, but the insurance company will invalidate any claims. Instead, you need to use a HK license while driving in the UK.
4) The deadline to pay is March 2025:
5) The pension isn't inflation adjusted, but the opinion on the threads are that class 2 is worth it anyway.
My question that I will call to ask the helpline:
I qualify for 3 years at class 2 AFAIK, because that's only the 3gbp/week rate. Can I just pay those years? (this post seems to say no, but it's not completely clear: https://geoexpat.com/forum/40/thread...ml#post3913279
-trying to figure out why NI haven't received payments if I was employed at that time.
-how to get treatment in the UK after this, personally; how to pay each time you need a doctor etc. If no money, I guess the same thing happens as it does with the homeless where if you're sick you clog up the A&E?