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i am about to reach uk pension age. I realise i can apply four months before my 66th birthday. My question is, before that, how difficult is it to do online from here? And what sort of dates and documents will they require? I intend having my state pension paid straight into my Thai bank account. 
 

thanks in advance

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😇 you are a saint ,mind you there are thousands and thousands  of immigrants to Britain  who have never paid in a penny ,unlike all the pensioners who paid all their lives,claiming a fortune every

Providing the DWP have your correct address they will send you an 'invitation pack' about 4 months before your pension is due. All the details will be revealed. One thing that I do recall is that they

Rather than waiting for International pensions to send you a claim pack and then sending the form back to the UK, the easiest procedure of claiming your UK pension payment is to do this online.  The f

As Moonlover posted no worries if DWP have your Thai address.

When the forms arrive it's a good few pages or so to fill out. 

 

If you have any concerns about how to answer questions ring them at the IPC office, keep trying if you can't get through first time, when you do get through you can ask them to ring you back after you have got pass the ID questions so they know it's you. 

 

Post the forms back by registered Thai mail at the Thai post office. 

Maybe everything can be done on-line now not sure. 

 

Getting it paid into your Thai bank a/c  I'd say is best if you need dosh every 4 weeks. 

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18 hours ago, Hugh Jampton said:

Hi Everyone

 

i am about to reach uk pension age. I realise i can apply four months before my 66th birthday. My question is, before that, how difficult is it to do online from here? And what sort of dates and documents will they require? I intend having my state pension paid straight into my Thai bank account. 
 

thanks in advance

If you look at the gov.uk website there will be a section on pensions and what you need to provide. I’m 66 next year and have sort of started pulling the info they require together. As always there is a form to fill in....

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Thanks guys. The form itself gives away a few clues. Definitely gonna need a birth certificate, my sister is searching thru a suitcase of papers back in the uk, bet its not there. Also the two divorces some 35 and 25 yrs ago, i hardly remember their names, let alone where the divorce absolute was and when! Oh well i guess push on and get it done.....i guess my NI number works but the rest of it is DWI belt and braces? But best they check, and im not worried given how kosher i am.....once again thanks everyone

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I have recently been in the same position as yourself
Went to gov.uk found international pension section, filled in online query form. It does say "may take up to ten days to reply"
Nine days later, reply c/w with about 26 pages to print off. Six are instructions &/or advice, twenty or so you have to fill in. I filled in all the required bits & posted them, along with my original birth certificate & photocopies of Thai marriage certificate & certified translation. In less than three weeks my birth certificate & the copies were returned. The rest is "in progress" (I hope) If you send photocopy of birth certificate, you will need to get it certified by lawyer, bank or similar. Form also states if you don't have certificate - send completed form anyway. I wouldn't wait for any claim pack to be sent to you - I didn't get one! Hope this helps

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As far as I know you cannot do it online unless you re living in the UK. You have to post the claim form together with your birth certificate. Mine was returned in around 2 weeks.

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In my experience the UK international pensions department is excellent to deal with and outstandingly helpful in every regard.  I went through the process of activating my own pension a couple of years ago and more recently helped the wife of a deceased friend sort her affairs out and at every step they were great.

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6 minutes ago, cauldlad said:

As far as I know you cannot do it online unless you re living in the UK. You have to post the claim form together with your birth certificate. Mine was returned in around 2 weeks.

 

That was certainly the case when i did mine in 2015.

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I sent my application beginning of December 2020 with all original docs incl. Birth certificate( from Slovakia, I was born there) with legalized translation and few divorce certificates. After 4 weeks I received all the certificates back in Thailand. 1 week after my Birthday (24th January) I received 35 pounds on my UK bank account and 2 days ago I received the rest of the pension (23 years NI).

I have to say it worked out excellent. 

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