Cambodia Legal Update Deadline for Work Permits Extended

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) recently issued a second Notification 016/18 on 25 April 2018, in which it extends the period to apply for the renewal of foreign employee work permit applications for 2018 until 31 May 2018.

In light of the ongoing steps by the authorities to enforce the laws regarding the employment of foreign nationals in Cambodia, unless you have done so already, we strongly recommend that your organization submit any relevant renewal applications to the MLVT as soon as possible.

Failure to comply with the foreign employee work permit requirements could result in fines for each offense of up to USD 630 by the MLVT and/or up to USD 900 by a court. Furthermore, Chapters 5 and 6 of the Law on Immigration provide for a term of imprisonment for up to three months and/or deportation orders that may be issued to the foreign employees concerned.

Based on recent media reports, the Ministry of Interior (“MOI”) found that, in 2017, 73,397 foreign nationals were found to be in possession of irregular documents. The MLVT and MOI will be rigidly enforcing the relevant laws and regulations regarding work permits upon enterprises or organizations in Cambodia.  

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