2021 03 December

Cambodia: Deadline for 2022 Foreign Employee Quota Applications Extended to 31 January 2022

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On 1 December 2021, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 058/21 on Extending the Deadline for the 2022 Foreign Employee Quota Application (“Notification”).

Through the Notification, the MLVT has delayed the submission deadline for 2022 foreign employee quota applications until 31 January 2022, being two months after the original deadline.

If your organization currently employs any foreign nationals (or intends to do so next year), we strongly recommend that the 2022 foreign employee quota application be filed as soon as possible, as it normally takes several weeks to obtain approval. Late filings will give rise to potential fines of up to KHR 2.52 million (approximately USD 630) from the MLVT and/or up to KHR 3.6 million (approximately USD 900) by a competent court. Without due and valid approval of the foreign employee quota, enterprises will be unable to apply for foreign work permits on behalf of their foreign staff for 2022. This could lead to additional non-compliance with Cambodian Labour Law further down the line resulting in even heavier fines and sanctions being imposed on affected companies and organizations.

If you seek further information regarding foreign employee quotas (including the ability to hire foreign nationals in excess of 10% of the total number of Cambodian employees in the event of special circumstances), please refer to our previous alert here.

If you require our assistance with such application or any other labour related matters, please do not hesitate to contact labor.kh@dfdl.com.

 

The information provided here is for information purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Legal advice should be obtained from qualified legal counsel for all specific situations.

 

Contacts

Raksa Chan

Senior Consultant 

raksa.chan@dfdl.com

Samnangvathana Sor

Senior Consultant 

samnangvathana.sor@dfdl.com

 

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