Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - App logs 160,000 foreigners

App logs 160,000 foreigners

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Interior minister Sar Kheng lauded government efforts to keep tabs on foreigners. SAR KHENG VIA FACEBOOK

App logs 160,000 foreigners

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng praised the government for its efforts in managing and monitoring immigration at a meeting on the Foreigners Present in Cambodia System app (FPCS) on Tuesday.

He said more than 160,000 foreigners from 183 countries have registered on the app.

Sar Kheng, who chaired the meeting at the Ministry of Interior, said despite criticism, the government has managed foreigners and immigrants well.

He said the current government has better managed foreigners and immigrants since the interior ministry established the General Department of Immigration (GDI).

GDI director-general Kirth Chantharith said at the meeting that Cambodia launched FPCS in mid-2019.

According to a ministry announcement, from July 1 onward, foreigners not registered in FPCS would not be granted visa extensions. The announcement sent foreigners rushing to register on the app.

Chantharith said: “It is noteworthy that the number of registered [foreigners’] in the FPCS system has increased to more than 160,000 with 183 nationalities and continues to grow daily.

“The data shows that there are about 110,000 foreigners currently in Cambodia. Foreigners who recently applied for visa extensions have registered their presence in the FPCS system.”

The GDI used a computer-based foreigner management system before switching to the more user-friendly FPCS app.

FPCS can be used on phones, iPads and computers and there’s no need to enter data line by line. Scanner technology within the app can retrieve information from passports quickly.

Using the system allows authorities to monitor how many foreigners are currently in the country and how many enter and leave each day.

A 2019 census data said 89,786 immigrants from 11 countries applied for temporary or permanent residency in the country. Among them, 89,471 were Vietnamese.

The Ministry of Interior also confiscated 37,436 irregular Cambodian administrative documents possessed by foreigners from 2017 to June 30, last year.

Currently, foreigners with irregular documents are being issued permanent residence permits valid for two years by the Ministry of Interior to ensure they complied with the law.

Watch video:

MOST VIEWED

  • Massive stingrays may live in Mekong’s deep pools

    US scientists have suggested that unexplored deep pools in the Mekong River in an area of Stung Treng could potentially be home to significant populations of giant freshwater stingrays, one of the world’s largest freshwater fish species. This comes as a fisherman hooked a 180

  • CCC team off on US business trip

    The Kingdom’s leading economists and private sector representatives have called on the US to renew its tax preferential status for Cambodian exports, as a Cambodia Chamber of Commerce (CCC) delegation departed for a weeklong business visit to the US, where they will meet with

  • PM takes time to meet, greet Cambodians living in the US

    After landing in the US ahead of the ASEAN-US Special Summit, Prime Minister Hun Sen was received by over 1,000 Cambodian-Americans including political analysts who welcomed him with greetings, fist bumps and selfies. Hun Sen also met with analyst Mak Hoeun, who had allegedly spoken ill

  • Khmer cinema classics back on big screen for free at WB Arena’s outdoor movies series

    On a recent Saturday evening at WB Arena, Bunsong was enjoying a tasty BBQ meal with his family after work on the long tables that had been arranged out in front of the restaurant as they watched a Khmer action movie on a big outdoor

  • PM heads to Washington for ASEAN-US special summit

    Regional and international issues and how to bring the ASEAN-US partnership to another level will be discussed at length as Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ministers arrive in Washington, DC, for a special summit on May 12-13. During the trip, Hun Sen and ASEAN

  • National Assembly refutes EU resolution

    The National Assembly (NA) has hit back at a European Parliament resolution condemning the political and human rights situation in Cambodia, calling it another display of the Parliament’s “double standards”. Key points of the resolution include a warning that the Parliament could exclude the