On December 2, 2011, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social
Security ("MOHRSS") issued the Notice on Relevant
Issues Concerning Improving the Work on Participation in Social
Insurance by Foreigners Employed in China. The notice requires
local counterparts of MOHRSS to strictly implement the Social
Insurance Law of the People's Republic of China and the
Interim Measures for Participation in Social Insurance by
Foreigners Employed in China. Foreigners qualifying for social
insurance who were employed in China on or before October 15, 2011
must complete the social insurance registration procedures with
their employers and pay social insurance premiums starting from
October 15, 2011. Overdue penalties apply if obligations accrued
from October 15, 2011 are paid after January 1, 2012. Social
insurance premiums for all foreigners employed after October 15,
2011 must be paid beginning from the first month of employment in
China. Foreigners from countries with bilateral or multilateral
social insurance agreements with China are exempt from the social
insurance scheme, provided that they provide documentary evidence
showing their participation in the social insurance scheme in their
home country within three months after obtaining their Chinese
employment. Failure to provide the necessary documentation within
the deadline will result in overdue penalties.
The full Chinese text of the notice is available
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