The government of Indonesia has proved that they welcome foreign investments in the country by issuing new regulations to help create a more open business environment for foreign investors. These new set of regulations came into force on August 27, 2019. The new law will no longer restrict various positions that foreigners are able to hold in Indonesia in every business classification. This article serves as an update on the changes and positions that are no longer prohibited for foreign workers who want to work in Indonesia.
There are three major changes on the new positions available for foreign workers in Indonesia:
Commissioners and directors are the highest level in organisations. Thanks to the new law, businesses of every classification can now have foreign directors and commissioners.
In addition to that, these foreigners with one of the two titles who are also the company’s shareholders can apply for both the investor visa and work permit.
Previously, some general manager positions were not included and restricted for foreign employment. But now they are all open in all business classifications and can be taken up by foreigners, except for human resources.
The government also included job classifications that were left unregulated before this new regulation in the list of permitted positions for foreigners. For example, accountants, legal advisors and legal consultants are now open for foreigners. You can apply for a work visa under this change.
For foreign chefs, you can now extend your stay in Indonesia with a possibility of extension after your 2-year visa expires.
The list of positions for foreign roles gets longer as well with new management and advisory level roles. These new roles are marketing manager, general manager, operation manager, tour manager, tourism facility manager and cruise manager.
The approved impresario business classification list expands as well, from the 17 approved roles to 49 upon the enforcement of the new regulation. So foreigners can obtain work permits in a more variety of roles in fields such as coaching, leisure and entertainment under registered impresario companies.
The permitted impresario roles include the following:
With the much wider range of roles available to foreigners, it also means that you are qualified to apply for stay and work permit KITAS if you fit one of the categories.
If you need further information on the updates, we will help you navigate the new regulations and take the greatest advantage as a foreigner.
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