Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Dear Sirs,
My name is Tiago Alvarez and I have lived in England since October 2012. I am Portuguese and for family reasons, I am considering returning to Portugal.
Please, I need your help to clarify the following questions to me:

1 - I have the information that to be eligible to receive the state pension (when the time comes) I must have ten years of NI discounts. Is it correct?

2 - Do the discount years correspond to the tax years (for example YE April 2021) or is it from January to December?

3 - Do voluntary payments (due to low income) count as eligible years for the state pension?

4 - I will probably only have 8 or 9 years of discounts in the UK, however I have a few years of discounts for NI in Portugal.
Do the ten years of discounts for the state pension have to be in the UK or do there have to be a total of ten years of discounts (for example 8 years in the UK and 2 years in Portugal)?

5 - How can I voluntarily pay for years that I did not discount NI?

6 - If I move to Portugal (and my address to Portugal) can I continue to pay NI in the UK?

I really appreciate, in advance, your attention and availability to help me in this matter.

Yours faithfully,
Tiago Alvarez
[email address]

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Dear Tiago Alvarez,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 20th

Yours sincerely,

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