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How Foreign Nationals Working in China Participating Chinese Social Insurance Program

Below is the official regulation regarding how foreign nationals working in China participating Chinese social insurance system. It is highly recommended that you inquire us - we are China business lawyer - and clarify the difficulty in understanding this authority.

Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Insurance of Foreigners Employed in China

Article 1 The Interim Measures is promulgated in accordance with the Social Insurance Law of the People’s Republic of China for the purpose of protecting the legal rights of foreigners with employments in China to participate in and enjoy the benefits of social insurance.

Article 2 Foreigners with employments in China include non-Chinese citizens who legally apply and possess employment permits, such as Alien Employment Permit, Foreign Experts Certificate, Permanent Foreign Journalist Identity Card.

Article 3 Foreigners who are legally employed by enterprises, public institutions, social groups, privately-owned non-enterprise units, foundations, law firms and accounting firms which have been incorporated or registered in line with the laws in China are required to participate in basic pension insurance, basic medical insurance, work-related injury insurance, unemployment insurance and maternity insurance. The employing units and foreigners should pay the social insurance premiums in accordance with relevant regulations.

Foreigners who entered into employment contracts with employers outside of China and are dispatched to work in branch or representative offices incorporated or registered in China are required to participate in basic pension insurance, basic medical insurance, work-related injury insurance, unemployment insurance and maternity insurance. The units to whom the foreigners work for and the foreigners should pay the social insurance premiums in accordance with relevant regulations.

Article 4 The employing units which hire the foreigners should be responsible for the registration of social insurance for the foreigners in accordance with the laws.

The units to which the foreigners are being dispatched to work for should be responsible for the registration of social insurance for the foreigners.

Article 5 Foreigners who participate social insurance meet the prescribed conditions should be eligible to enjoy the benefits of social insurance.

Where a foreigner departs China prior to the stipulated age for receiving pension, his or her individual account will be retained. Where the foreigner reenters China for employment, the payment period can be calculated cumulatively. Upon written application by the foreigner, the social insurance agency can pay the foreigner the amount in his or her individual account in one lump sum and terminate the basic pension relationship.

Article 6 Upon the foreigner’s death, the amount remaining in his or her individual pension insurance account can be inherited.

Article 7 Foreigners who reside outside the territory of China and receive monthly social insurance should produce to the agencies which handle their social insurance a Certificate of Alive issued by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General, or a Certificate of Alive duly notarized by the authorized attesting organizations and legalized by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in the country where they reside.

Article 8 Foreigners, who participate in social insurance, has any dispute with his employing unit or work unit because of social insurance, can apply for mediation, arbitration and litigation. Foreigners may request social insurance administrative departments or social insurance premium collection institutions to deal with situations where their rights are fringed by the employing units or work units.

Article 9 foreigners who are nationals of countries that have entered into bilateral or multilateral treaties relating to social insurance with China, his or her social insurance participation shall be handled in accordance with such treaties

Article 10 The social insurance agencies should set up social insurance numbers and issue social insurance cards to the foreigners in accordance with the Rules on the Preparation of Social Security Numbers for Foreigners.

Article 11 The social insurance agencies should check and implement this policy.

If Employing unit is failing to pay social insurance premiums based the law, according to Social Security Law, "Labor Security Supervision Regulations" and other laws, The social insurance agencies shall have right to punish those units.

Article 12 The Interim Measures should come into force on 15th Oct 2011.

Interim Measures for the Participation in Social Insurance of Foreigners Employed in China is translated by our China international attorney. There may be independent local administrative regulations in this area.

 
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