In accordance with relevant Chinese laws and regulations, the following materials need to be submitted and the following procedures need to be followed for producing the social insurance registration for the foreigners employed in China:
(1) When representative offices in China, foreign permanent news agencies, and permanent representative offices of foreign enterprises, apply the social insurance registration, they shall present the approval document issued by the competent Chinese authorities and the certificates such as organization code certificate issued by Chinese quality and technical supervision authorities.
(2) For foreigners who participate in the social insurance for the first time, the employer shall apply for the social insurance registration with the agencies responsible for social insurances in the place where the employer is located by presenting the employed foreigners’ valid passport, Work Permit for Foreigners, Foreign Expert Certificate or Permit for Permanent Foreign Journalists (for those who have obtained permanent residence status in China, Foreigner Permanent Residence Certificate shall be presented as well), as well as the certificates such as the labor contract or dispatch contract. If the application is approved, the agencies responsible for social insurances shall formulate the Social Security Numbering Rules for Foreigners, assign the social security number and distribute the social security cards of the People’s Republic of China to foreigners.
(3) Foreigners employed in China with nationalities of countries that have concluded bilateral or multilateral treaties (or agreements, hereinafter referred to as “treaties”) upon social insurance with China that can present social insurance certificate issued by the contracting countries within three months after obtaining work permit in China shall be exempted from the obligation of payment of the prescribed lines of social insurance within the prescribed period in accordance with the treaties. Foreigners that can’t present social insurance certificate issued by the contracting countries within three months after obtaining work permit in China shall pay social insurance premiums and the corresponding overdue fines in accordance with the provisions. If the lines of social insurance are not stipulated in the treaties or the lines of social insurance stipulated in the treaties exceed the prescribed time limit, foreigners need to pay social insurance premiums in accordance with the provisions.