Cambodia Opens Foreign Employee Quota Application for 2023

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Cambodia has opened the foreign employee quota application for businesses for 2023. Businesses that want to hire a foreign employee must apply for this quota before obtaining a work permit for the employee.

Under the quota system, only 10 percent of a Cambodian company’s total workforce can be foreign nationals. The deadline for the foreign employee quota application ends at the end of November 2022.


Cambodia’s government has opened the window for businesses to apply for the foreign employee quota. Businesses in Cambodia who are intending to hire a foreign employee must apply for a foreign employee quota through the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT).

The deadline for the foreign employee quota application ends at the end of November 2022.

Under the quota system, only 10 percent of a Cambodian company’s total workforce can be foreign nationals. This is to be done as below:

  • Office employees – Three percent;
  • Skilled labor – six percent; and
  • Unskilled labor – one percent.

After receiving the quota, the company can then apply for work permits through the Foreign Workforce Centralized Management System (FWCMS).

Can a company in Cambodia exceed its foreign employee quota?

Businesses in Cambodia can exceed their foreign employee quota if they adhere to the following rules:

  • The owners or directors of the company shall submit a request to the MLVT to employ excess foreign employees, with their employment contract attached;
  • Complete the work permit application through the FWCMS;
  • Pay the work permit fee; and
  • Obtain a valid visa or residence permit for the foreign employee.

How to obtain a work permit in Cambodia

Foreign workers looking to work in Cambodia will need a valid business visa (E-class visa). The E-class visa is initially valid for a period of 30 days. The visa can be extended for a period of one month, three months, six months, or a maximum of one year at a time, by filing an application at the immigration department of the Ministry of Interior (MoI).

The six-month and 12-month visas allow applicants multiple entries into Cambodia, while the one-month and three-month visas permit single entry. E-visas can be obtained at the employee’s nearest Cambodian embassy and upon arrival at Phnom Penh international airport.

In addition to an E-visa, a foreign worker must also obtain a work permit and employment card. This is the responsibility of the employer who will apply through the MVLT.

The company will need to provide the following information to the MVLT:

  • Certificate of incorporation with company stamp;
  • Registered business address;
  • Tax patent with company stamp;
  • Foreign employee quota approval;
  • Approval from the Ministry of Commerce; and
  • An article of incorporation of the company.

The documents required at the employee level:

  • Three sets of the application form as issued by the MOI;
  • Copy of passport with a valid visa;
  • Three photographs (4×6);
  • Health certificate; and
  • Written work contract from the employer.

Foreign worker permit inspections

Foreign businesses operating in Cambodia should be aware that the government conducts inspections of foreign worker permits through the Joint Foreign Workforce Inspection Team (JFWIT). This can be done with or without notice.

The inspectors can request copies of key documents, such as:

  1. Articles of incorporation of the company;
  2. Quota approval to employ foreign employees;
  3. The foreign employee’s work contract;
  4. The foreign employee’s passport and visa; or
  5. The foreign employee’s work permit and employment card, among others.

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