If your business is planning to expand into the Southeast Asian nation of Cambodia, you will likely be aiming to make up at least part of your workforce with foreign workers. To bring foreign workers to Cambodia, every employee will need Cambodia work visas.
The Cambodian immigration and visa process can be hard to navigate, with a different language, bureaucratic inefficiencies, complex requirements, and various other factors all causing possible delays for anyone who fails to research and prepare sufficiently. Cambodia does have a reputation for being relaxed about working visas and permits, and it is common for people to work without them. However, we recommend following the law to avoid issues.
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Basic requirements for Cambodia work visas and other documents
Employers are responsible for the majority of the application process. As an employer, you will need to provide various documents, including:
- Certificate of your business’ incorporation
- Proof that no more than 10% of employees are foreign
- Business name and address
- Application forms and fees
The employees themselves will also need to supply various documents as part of the process, including:
- A passport
- Proof of work experience/qualifications if relevant
- Medical check
- Details of employment in Cambodia
Types of Cambodia work visas
How to get Cambodia work visas and work permits
The initial visa application can be completed either via the employee’s local Cambodian embassy/consulate, or on arrival at Phnom Penh airport,
After the work visa has been issued, you can begin the work permit application. Work permits are valid for up to one year (temporary permits) or indefinitely (permanent permits).
Temporary work permits can be renewed, so it is not necessary to get a permanent permit even if your employee is planning to stay for longer than one year.