A1 Certificate for Non-EU Citizen in UK A1 Certificate for Non-EU Citizen in UK
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Posts 1 to 10 of 13
  1. #1

    Nervous Newbie

    bbp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Posts
    17

    Default A1 Certificate for Non-EU Citizen in UK

    Hi,

    I have a potential contract with a client in Belgium. The agency requested me to apply for an A1 certificate for compliance. Can someone with knowledge in the area clarify below for me?

    1. I'm not a British citizen, nor do I have an Indefinite Leave to Remain.
    2. I am the director of the Ltd company - which started trading 19 months ago.
    3. My salary part is under the threshold, which means I haven't been paying 1st class NI contributions.
    4. I have been out of a contract for the last 2-3 months. So no significant trading activity in the recent past.

    Am I eligible for an A1 certificate?

    If I can get it, can I get a visa to travel to Belgium for work? (I'll be based in the UK, but may have to travel on an ad-hoc basis)

    I obviously tried to Google first, but can't find the proper source with all the information I need.

    Please help.

    Thanks,
    B

  2. #2

    My post count is Majestic

    northernladuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    45,035

    Default

    Did your agent not provide any help or guidance? I've tended to find that agents that have a specific requirement like this tend to have been through the process plenty of times so worth going back to them and asking them no?

    Have you tried the immigration forum as well?
    'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

  3. #3

    Prof Cunning @ Oxford Uni

    WTFH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Posts
    22,470

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by bbp View Post
    Hi,

    I have a potential contract with a client in Belgium. The agency requested me to apply for an A1 certificate for compliance. Can someone with knowledge in the area clarify below for me?

    1. I'm not a British citizen, nor do I have an Indefinite Leave to Remain.
    2. I am the director of the Ltd company - which started trading 19 months ago.
    3. My salary part is under the threshold, which means I haven't been paying 1st class NI contributions.
    4. I have been out of a contract for the last 2-3 months. So no significant trading activity in the recent past.

    Am I eligible for an A1 certificate?

    If I can get it, can I get a visa to travel to Belgium for work? (I'll be based in the UK, but may have to travel on an ad-hoc basis)

    I obviously tried to Google first, but can't find the proper source with all the information I need.

    Please help.

    Thanks,
    B
    Your accountant should be able to advise you on NICs, but I'd be surprised if someone who hasn't paid any NICs would be eligible for an A1 Certificate, since it is based on you not paying the equivalent in an EU country due to you already paying them in the UK.

    If you're not eligible to work in Belgium then you'll need a working visa and a limosa.

    Is the agent you're talking to aware that you are not a British/EU citizen?
    I'm perfect, in a very specific and limited way.
    Hands... out infractions
    Face... the music
    Space... between the ears

  4. #4

    My post count is Majestic

    northernladuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    45,035

    Default

    You going to bail on the contract you are being paid for doing nothing if you get this?
    'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

  5. #5

    Nervous Newbie

    bbp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You going to bail on the contract you are being paid for doing nothing if you get this?
    This is a very long shot.

    As many suggested on the post, I am just being cautious in case that one falls out.

  6. #6

    Nervous Newbie

    bbp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2020
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    worth going back to them and asking them no?

    Have you tried the immigration forum as well?
    It was the agent who asked me to find out

    They are based in Belgium. Maybe that's the reason they don't have the information ready or just being lazy and passing it on to me to find out.

    I'll try the immigration forum as well, thanks.

  7. #7

    I live on CUK

    Old Greg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    The Tombliboo Bush
    Posts
    28,675

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Did your agent not provide any help or guidance? I've tended to find that agents that have a specific requirement like this tend to have been through the process plenty of times so worth going back to them and asking them no?

    Have you tried the immigration forum as well?
    This one?

    https://www.immigrationboards.com/in...140318-20.html

  8. #8

    My post count is Majestic

    northernladuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    45,035

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Greg View Post
    Nope. Can't get me like that... I'm not opening it. Definitely not. I'll just get triggered and it will ruin my night. Not looking.
    'CUK forum personality of 2011 - Winner - Yes really!!!!

  9. #9

    Super poster

    Scruff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Leafy Surrey (Lahndahn Tahn)
    Posts
    3,700

    Default

    Bob Sh4waddiw4ddy was always a good guy!
    Last edited by Scruff; 18th November 2020 at 22:01.
    I was an IPSE Consultative Council Member, until the BoD abolished it. I am not an IPSE Member, since they have no longer have any relevance to me, as an IT Contractor. Read my lips...I recommend QDOS for ALL your Insurance requirements (Contact me for a referral code).

  10. #10

    I live on CUK

    Old Greg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    The Tombliboo Bush
    Posts
    28,675

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    Nope. Can't get me like that... I'm not opening it. Definitely not. I'll just get triggered and it will ruin my night. Not looking.
    It would be relatively painless.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •