Due to increasing popularity of the Indonesian market among foreign investors, the number of foreigners working in Indonesia has been growing rapidly. Even though the Department of Manpower and Transmigration has loosened a list of professional positions that are open to foreign manpower, confusion among both foreign investors and employees prevails. Consequently, cases of deportation of foreigners have not been uncommon.
Even though the Indonesian economy has been growing in the past years, the country’s unemployment rate remains high. As a result, the Indonesian government is rather strict concerning employing foreigners. In the KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas) application process, a company willing to hire a foreign national must prove their exceptional skills or demonstrate why this position requires a foreign specialist.
Moreover, the Indonesian government has defined sectors which foreign professional cannot pursue in any case. These are as following:
- Human resources department
- Legal department
- Health, safety, and environment affairs
- Supply chain management
- Quality control and inspection
(ESDM Regulation no. 31, Year 2013, Article 4)
Working Visa Is Not Enough
Being unaware of the complex and difficult process of employing a foreign national, representatives of a company willing to hire a foreigner as well as foreigner themselves might face serious legal consequences. There are dozens of cases when foreign workers in Indonesia worked without an essential work permit (IMTA) although they have stay permit visa (VITAS). Consequently, being classified as illegal workers, all foreigners have undergone a process of deportation from the country.
Are your company hiring a foreigner? Or you are a foreigner coming to pursue a career in the Indonesian market? We strongly recommend consulting your case with professionals in order to prevent legal implications.
Cekindo offers a wide range of services including fast business visa and work permit. With our extensive knowledge on the legalities, visas and work permits, as well as our comprehensive networks, we can process your working permit in Indonesia quickly and efficiently.
Application Process in a Nutshell
A company willing to hire a foreign national must submit Expatriate Placement Plan RPTKA (Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing) at first. Once RPTKA is approved, TA-01 Recommendation can be issued. Domestic companies approach the Manpower Department while foreign investment companies will contact the Investment Board Department (BKPM)).
Once all the documents are legalized and approved, a company can apply for the work permit (IMTA) itself. A company can only use IMTA, the only legal authorization, to employ a foreigner.
After obtaining IMTA, a company can submit an application for a limited stay visa (VITAS), a stamp which is given to a foreigner’s passport in one of Indonesian embassies prior to their arrival, and a limited stay permit card (KITAS) will be issued by the Indonesian Immigration.
Cekindo is here to guide you through the application process. Thanks to our wide knowledge of legal requirements for visa and legal permits, our services will save you both time and money.
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