When importing Pay component recurring, we get the error "payComponent abc is an invalid external code for Country xyz".
Employee Central: Pay Component Recurring
In this use case Pay components are associated with countries. Navigate to Admin Center -> Manage Data -> Country -> Search for country "xyz" in our example. Make sure that the Pay component "abc" is associated with country "xyz" on or before the date used as effective date in the import file.
Also, it can be a date formatting issue. Hence, open the import file in Notepad/Notepad++ to verify that the dates are in correct format and leading zero is maintained properly.
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