In a similar move to the one pulled recently by the General Department of Taxation, whereby they issued a last-minute month-long extension to their deadline for submitting corporate tax filings, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training have delayed their deadline for foreigners registering for a work permit by a month. The new deadline of April 30 was announced in a letter dated on the original deadline of March 31 and signed by Labour Minister Ith Samheng.
According to the announcement, no late fines (reportedly up to $10 per day) are to be issued to those registering for a work permit during the month of April. “The Ministry will strictly apply fines for owners and directors of enterprises who do not follow this law upon this announcement,” read an unofficial translation of the Khmer-language document circulated by the Ministry.
An online system (www.fwcms.mlvt.gov.kh) was established on September 1 last year to aid in the registering for work permits. Users have expressed difficulty in obtaining a work permit via this method.