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Work permit services
in Cambodia.

Foreign investors who wish to work in Cambodia or Cambodian companies wanting to hire foreign staff may engage with Acclime’s professional immigration team to assist you in the process of obtaining a work permit.

Business advisory in Cambodia

What is a work permit?

A work permit is an official document issued by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MLVT) that allows foreigners to work in Cambodia legally.

The first step is to obtain a work visa from the Department of Immigration. This e-visa can be applied for either at the Cambodian Embassy in the applicant’s country of residence, or on arrival in Cambodia (which is valid for 30 days).

As a result of Covid-19, visas on arrival are currently suspended, so you must obtain a visa before travelling to Cambodia.

Acclime Cambodian work permit in numbers.

15-20 days
Application process
1 year
Renewal period (Jan 1 – Mar 31)
Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible for a work visa.

Foreigners who wish to apply for a work permit in Cambodia must meet the following conditions:
  • Have a job offer from an employer
  • Be fit for the relevant job
  • Have a valid residency permit
  • Have a passport with six months validity
  • Not have any communicable diseases
Application documents

What you will need to apply.

Supporting documents from both employer and employee are required as follows:

Documents provided by employee:

  • Their name, gender, date of birth and height
  • Copy of identification card and passport
  • Copy of the E-visa
  • Current residential address
  • Education
  • Current photo
  • Health certificate
  • Details about the role in the company

Documents required from sponsoring employer:

  • Certificate of incorporation with the company stamp
  • Registered business address
  • Tax patent with the company stamp
  • List of all foreign and local employees (ratio should not be below 1:9)
  • The company’s articles of incorporation with Ministry of Commerce (MoC) stamp
Application process and timeline

How to apply for a work permit in Cambodia.

Firstly, you will need to obtain a work visa which can be applied at the Cambodian Embassy in your hometown or on arrival in Cambodia with a validity of 30 days.

As a result of Covid-19, visas on arrival are currently suspended, so you must obtain a visa before travelling to Cambodia.

You will then be able to apply for a one-year work visa.

Once you have the work visa, you will need to obtain a work permit.

Work permit applications can be made online through the MLVT’s Foreign Workers Centralised Management System, along with submitting the required employer and employee information.

The process may take 15 to 20 days.

Individuals who need help with the application may engage with the services of Acclime.

The work permit is valid for one year. However, it will only be valid until 31 December of the year the permit was issued. It must be renewed within 1 January and 31 March.

Renewals after 1 April are subject to penalties.

Taking care of the whole application process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice

Advice on acquiring a work permit in Cambodia and requirements for a successful application.

Application tracking

Filing and tracking the status of applications.

Document issuance

Arranging for issuance of your work permit upon approval.

Work permit renewals

Handling renewal of your work permit within the official renewal timeframe.
Ready to get started?

Our dedicated immigration team can process your work permit application quickly and reliably.

Non-binding & confidential
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Schedule a free 30-minute discovery call to discuss starting and operating your company in Cambodia.

Hugh Darwell, Business development manager