The UK has agreements with other countries to protect the rights of workers moving between the two countries. Note: If you are temporarily staying in the UK, you can apply for an allowance or pension in the UK or an increase in your allowance or pension in the UK. If you receive a New Zealand benefit or pension at the same time, you must disclose work and income, as your New Zealand benefit or annuity rate is affected. For those who do not fall within the scope and who move to an EEA country from 1 January 2021, the rules depend on the outcome of negotiations on future relations (although, as far as Ireland is concerned, reciprocal social security rights are always protected, while respecting the principles of equal treatment and reciprocity established by the Common Travel Area in 1922 (SI 2019/622). For more details, see Library Briefing Paper Brexit and State Pensions (May 2020). When you return to the UK to live, your New Zealand benefit or pension is generally cancelled. Advise work and income on your plans, so you are less likely to be overpaid and you will have to pay back later. You must stay in the UK in order to claim benefits and pensions in the UK that you wish to receive during your stay. As a general rule, you must have permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship to qualify for a New Zealand benefit or pension. If you are already receiving a benefit or pension in the UK or a benefit or pension from another country, you must disclose your work and income. If you have contributed to the UK insurance system and meet the general criteria for benefits and pensions in the UK, you may be able to collect some of the following benefits or pensions: You may have to pay taxes on all BENEFITS or pensions in the UK that you received before choosing the special bank option. What happens if I am in New Zealand and my benefit or retirement in the UK is greater than my New Zealand benefit or pension? The total amount of your New Zealand and foreign pensions is the amount you would have received if you had spent your entire life in New Zealand.
New Zealand benefits and pensions are not paid in the UK. If you live in the UK, you cannot receive benefits and pensions in New Zealand. However, they may be entitled to benefits or pensions in the UK. If you do not receive a New Zealand superannuation or sole parent support for widows before leaving New Zealand and you would like the period of your residence in New Zealand to be taken into account if you are applying for an allowance or pension in the UK, you will need proof of that period. If you return temporarily to the UK, you must inform the work and income before leaving New Zealand. Depending on the benefit or pension you receive and the length of your absence, you can continue to receive your allowance or pension. They must take into account the terms of the corresponding agreement to define the rules in force – the relevant agreement is the agreement between the UNITED Kingdom and the country in which the worker has contributed (although the situation may be more complex in three or more countries).