Work permits in Cambodia are not very well regulated, and the legislation surrounding them can be confusing. Therefore, many expats working in Cambodia do not have a work permit. Be that as it may, it's recommended for expats to remain on the right side of the law and obtain a work permit.
Fortunately, expats will not have to go at it alone, as employers are legally mandated to assist employees with applying for work permits.
Work permit applications for Cambodia
Foreign workers must first secure an E-visa to enter Cambodia and will then be able to apply for a one-year work permit. The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training administers all applications via the Foreign Workers Centralised Management System. Expats will need to submit their identification card and passport, a copy of their E-visa, residential address, health certificate, current photo, education particulars and the details of their role in the company.
The sponsoring company will also have to provide multiple documents, including a list of all foreign and local employees, the registered business address and a certificate of incorporation. Expats must ensure they renew their permit between 1 January and 31 March annually to avoid incurring penalties.
*Visa and work permit regulations may change at short notice, and expats should contact their nearest Cambodian consulate or the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training for the latest information.
►See Doing Business in Cambodia for more on the country's business culture
"Visas are readily available at the airport on arrival. You can extend the visa in person at the city’s immigration office but most people enlist a travel agency (these are prolific) and they do it for you in a week. Work permits are required if you are working here in Cambodia, and you’d also have to set up your tax account. There are plenty of agencies that can these things for you."
Read our interview with British expat Clare to learn more about moving to Cambodia.
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