The foreign employee work permit application for 2018 must be submitted to the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) by 31 March 2018. This obligation applies to every employer in Cambodia, including representative offices, branches, limited liability companies, casinos, and NGOs. Failure to apply before the deadline will result in late submission fines being imposed by the labour authority and/or other relevant authorities in Cambodia.
Please refer to DFDL’s previous alert for more details.
Failure to comply with the foreign employee work permit requirements could result in fines for each offence 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 of up to three months and/or deportation orders that may be issued to the foreign employees concerned. Based on recent news in the media, the Head of Administration at the Department of Immigration reported that while approximately 57,000 foreign workers had received a valid work permit, a further 100,000 foreign nationals had been working in Cambodia without a valid work permit in 2017.
In light of the ongoing steps being taken by the authorities to enforce the laws concerning the employment of foreign nationals in Cambodia, unless you have done so already, we strongly recommend that your organization submit the foreign employee work permit applications via the MLVT online system by 31 March 2018.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any further questions or need any assistance regarding the above.
Partner, Head of Cambodia Corporate & Commercial Practice Group
Consultant, Cambodia Corporate & Commercial Practice Group
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