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Cambodia: Deadline for Foreign Employee Work Permit Application Now Extended to 31 May 2021 

by Segolene Leffy

Published: March, 2021

Submission: March, 2021


On 26 March 2021, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 013/21 (“Notification”) on extending the deadline for foreign employee work permit applications in order to help foreign employees who face difficulties in returning to Cambodia in light of recent COVID-19 outbreak.

Through this Notification, the MLVT has delayed the submission deadline for foreign employee work permit applications until 31 May 2021, being two months after the original deadline.

Please note that the obligation applies to every employer in Cambodia employing foreign employees, including representative offices, branches, private or public limited companies, non-governmental organizations and associations. 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 of up to three months and deportation orders may also be issued to the foreign employees concerned.  

Unless you have done so already, we strongly recommend that employers with foreign employees submit foreign employee work permit applications by the above extended deadline.

If you would like our assistance with the work permit application or if you have any questions or concerns regarding this reminder, please contact us at [email protected].


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.



Samnangvathana Sor

Senior Consultant, Cambodia 

[email protected]

Raksa Chan

Senior Consultant, Cambodia 

[email protected]


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