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Criteria for Social Insurance Enrollment for Foreigners 📌

January 31, 2024

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Jinyoung Kim
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Hello. This is KOWORK! 💫
For our corporate partners and foreigners!
Have you ever wondered whether social insurance enrollment is possible or not when hiring or employing foreigners?!
At KOWORK, we receive numerous inquiries related to social insurance, especially from companies that receive support funds for labor costs.
Generally, these funds are often tied to social insurance enrollment criteria, leading to instances where companies can't utilize the support funds when hiring foreigners.
So, this time, we want to address the topic of social insurance enrollment for foreigners!
Eligibility for Social Insurance Enrollment for Foreign Workers
  1. National Pension

    : Varied based on

    nationality / visa type

  2. Health Insurance

    :

    Mandatory enrollment‼️

  3. Employment Insurance

    : Voluntary enrollment

    (choice of enrollment, but not available for D-1 to D-6 visas and D-10 visas)

  4. Industrial Accident Insurance

    :

    Mandatory enrollment‼️

Quite complex, isn't it? 😵‍💫 Let's delve into it in more detail below!
1. National Pension (국민연금)
Foreign workers are

mandatorily required to enroll in the National Pension.

However, in certain cases based on nationality or residence status, they may be

exempt from enrollment

🙂

1) Countries Exempt from National Pension Enrollment ⬇️

Georgia, South Africa, Nepal, East Timor, Maldives, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Belarus,
Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Eswatini, Armenia, Ethiopia, Iran, Egypt, Cambodia, Tonga, Pakistan, Fiji

2) Residence Status Exempt from National Pension Enrollment ⬇️

Cultural Arts (D-1), Industrial Training (D-3), General Training (D-4), Religious (D-6), Visit/Co-habit (F-1), Accompanying (F-3), Other (G-1)
2. Health Insurance (건강보험)
Foreign workers are

mandatory participants in health insurance.

3. Employment Insurance (고용보험)
Foreign workers are

eligible for voluntary enrollment in employment insurance.

Enrollment can proceed based on the worker's preference.
However,

D-1 to D-6 visas and D-10 visas are not eligible for enrollment.

4. Industrial Accident Insurance (산재보험)
Foreign workers are

mandatory participants in industrial accident insurance.

Feeling a bit clearer now? 😆
With the increasing number of foreign workers, domestic laws related to foreign employment are changing,
so it might be a good idea to double-check by calling 1345 ☎️
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact KOWORK anytime!
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