Foreigners working in Cambodia without permit face fine, jail and deportation

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More than 100,000 foreigners working in Cambodia without permits will be fined after Khmer New Year festivities end in mid-April and potentially even face jail time and deportation if they fail to produce appropriate documents, the Cambodian Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labour announced on March 1.

The ministry found that these foreigners. part of a total of about 160,000 aliens from 93 countries working in Cambodia, did not have work permits and/or employment cards in 2017. Most of them are Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, Taiwanese, Malaysian, South Korean, Indian and UK nationals.

The ministry said that just 57,000 foreigners applied and paid for their work permits in 2017, up from a mere 4,000 in 2014. The new policy is dramatically changing Cambodia’s lassez-faire policy on business visas in the past decades that attracted many expats to make the country their home base and work there without obligations to pay taxes and apply for any permits whatsoever.

A foreign worker in Cambodia now faces a fine of $125 if found without a work permit, and an additional $100 if their work permit is found to be expired. To obtain a work permit costs about $100 per year and requires a letter from the employer showing the employment status.

After the deadline in mid-April 2018, officials would continue inspecting workplaces suspected to employ workers without permits. If employees there fail to show any regular papers, they will face imprisonment from three to six months and will then be deported, the labour ministry said.

 

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More than 100,000 foreigners working in Cambodia without permits will be fined after Khmer New Year festivities end in mid-April and potentially even face jail time and deportation if they fail to produce appropriate documents, the Cambodian Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labour announced on March 1.

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More than 100,000 foreigners working in Cambodia without permits will be fined after Khmer New Year festivities end in mid-April and potentially even face jail time and deportation if they fail to produce appropriate documents, the Cambodian Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Labour announced on March 1.

The ministry found that these foreigners. part of a total of about 160,000 aliens from 93 countries working in Cambodia, did not have work permits and/or employment cards in 2017. Most of them are Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, Taiwanese, Malaysian, South Korean, Indian and UK nationals.

The ministry said that just 57,000 foreigners applied and paid for their work permits in 2017, up from a mere 4,000 in 2014. The new policy is dramatically changing Cambodia’s lassez-faire policy on business visas in the past decades that attracted many expats to make the country their home base and work there without obligations to pay taxes and apply for any permits whatsoever.

A foreign worker in Cambodia now faces a fine of $125 if found without a work permit, and an additional $100 if their work permit is found to be expired. To obtain a work permit costs about $100 per year and requires a letter from the employer showing the employment status.

After the deadline in mid-April 2018, officials would continue inspecting workplaces suspected to employ workers without permits. If employees there fail to show any regular papers, they will face imprisonment from three to six months and will then be deported, the labour ministry said.

 

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