Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Work permits now required for long-term visa renewals

Work permits now required for long-term visa renewals

Travellers wait in line at the immigration checkpoint at Phnom Penh International Airport in 2015. New rules will make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain long-term visas without work permits.
Travellers wait in line at the immigration checkpoint at Phnom Penh International Airport in 2015. New rules will make it more difficult for foreigners to obtain long-term visas without work permits. Vireak Mai

Work permits now required for long-term visa renewals

The Immigration Department yesterday confirmed that foreigners requesting long-term business visa extensions in the country are now required to submit a work permit proving their place of employment.

Last month, the department indicated it would postpone the implementation of the requirement until next year, but Sok Veasna, the director of the Interior Ministry’s Department of Non-Immigrants, confirmed that it went into effect on Monday.

“We have announced it for a month from September to October informing [everyone] about this. So, it is applicable from October 2,” he said.

The new policy would require applicants to produce a Ministry of Labour-issued work permit and workbook, a letter from the employer attesting to their employment, or any other documents showing proof of work, when applying for a six-month or one-year business visa.

Those documents would not be required for one-month or three-month visas. Veasna said that the law did not specifically address freelance employees but that the department would try to accommodate them.

“If they have documents as freelancers, we just need that for now. This point is not stated in law, so we need to help them,” he said.

Mey Heak, owner of popular visa renewal outfit Lucky Lucky Motorcycle Shop, said the company had received notice of the changes and already had to turn away some applicants.

“Their option is to choose the three months temporarily and when they get those [work] documents they can extend,” he said.

MOST VIEWED

  • Ministry requests school opening

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport on Thursday said it would request a decision from Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow a small number of schools to reopen next month. Ministry spokesman Ros Soveacha said if the request is granted, higher-standard schools will reopen

  • Judge lands in court after crashing into alleged thief

    Sen Sok district police on Thursday sent a Koh Kong Provincial Court judge to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on manslaughter charges after he crashed his car into a woman riding a motorbike on Wednesday, killing her. District police chief Hour Meng Vang told The

  • Gov’t to boost Siem Reap tourism

    The Ministry of Tourism released the results of an inter-ministerial committee meeting concerning Siem Reap province’s Tourism Development Master Plan for 2020-2035 on Wednesday, revealing the government’s plan to improve the overall tourist landscape there. The meeting was attended by Minister of Tourism

  • ‘On the offensive’: Cambodia to load up on loans to stimulate economy

    As the dust settles on the economy, Cambodia comes to grips with what needs to be done to turn the economy around, starting with a big shopping list for credit ‘We are going on the offensive,” Vongsey Vissoth, Ministry of Economy and Finance permanent secretary

  • Government set to make up for cancelled April holiday

    The government is set to make up for a five-day Khmer New Year holiday late this month or early next month. The holiday was earlier cancelled due to the onset of Covid-19. The announcement is expected on Friday as the government is studying a range

  • Crumbling prices, rent ruffle condo segment

    The prolonged decline in international arrivals to Cambodia intensified by renewed Covid-19 fears has driven down condominium sales prices and rental rates in Phnom Penh, a research report said. CBRE Cambodia, the local affiliate of US commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group

  • Over $3M in traffic fines collected in two months

    Traffic police officers collected over $3 million in fines throughout the Kingdom during the past two months when officers strictly enforced the law in accordance with a May sub-decree, officials said. As incentives, law enforcement officers received between 200,000 and two million riel ($50 to $500) each. The figures

  • More than 10,000 workers suspended

    More than 10,000 workers at 18 factories in Svay Rieng province have been suspended because of Covid-19, said provincial deputy governor Ros Pharith. Home to 11 special economic zones, Pharith said Svay Rieng has not been spared as the pandemic takes a toll on the global economy. “There

  • Nod given for school exams

    The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport announced that State-run higher educational institutions can hold examinations to end the academic year, while private schools can organise grade 9 and grade 12 examinations at their premises for two days. However, private institutions have to take measures to prevent

  • Kingdom’s exports to US mushroom 25.94% in first five months to $2.4B

    Though Cambodia’s exports to other countries have been stalled amid the evolving Covid-19 environment, the Kingdom’s shipments to the US were worth 25.94 per cent more in the first five months of this year than they were in the year-ago period. Bilateral trade between