The Interior Ministry and Labour Ministry yesterday issued a deadline for foreign employers and foreign workers in Cambodia to obtain a work permit at the Labour Ministry.
According to a letter from both ministries yesterday, foreign employers and foreign workers are given 30 days from the date of the letter to get a permit. If they fail to do so, both ministries will come for inspections.
Sok Phal, head of the Interior Ministry’s immigration department, said both ministries have given foreign workers one month to obtain a work permit and if they fail to do so, their employer will be fined $125.
“We remind them to do it first before we start inspecting. If we find them with no work permit, they will be fined $125 following the Immigration Law in Cambodia,” he said.
“That money will be added to the state budget. They come to work in Cambodia for their benefit, so they must obey the laws here.”
Mr Phal added the owners of 400 foreign-owned companies would meet at the Interior Ministry next week to be informed and reminded about obtaining the necessary paperwork for any non-Cambodian employees.
Seng Sakada, director-general of the Labour Ministry’s labour department, said the ministry hoped all foreign employers and workers would cooperate with the government by coming to the Labour Ministry to complete the process.
“A group of inspectors will check all businesses. Any foreigner that refuses to do it will face a fine,” he said.
Last week, both ministries issued another directive to strengthen inspection of foreign workers in Cambodia. It warned the acceptance of foreigner workers in Cambodia was strictly based on the immigration and labour laws.
According to an Interior Ministry report, there were 32,512 foreigners from 93 countries working in Cambodia in 2017.
Last year, 1,389 foreigners were fined a total of $173,625 for working in the country without a work permit.