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Indonesian Work Permit for Foreign Employees from China: A Simple Guide

The economy in China has been growing tremendously and the country is expected to be the world’s largest economy within two decades, taking over the United States. More than 100 countries are now the economic partners with China, and Indonesia is no exception. Thanks to the geographical location of both countries, Indonesia also serves as an important trading partner for China.

The Ministry of Manpower has recently issued Regulation 228/2019 on “Certain Positions that Can be Occupied by Foreign Workers”. This regulation relaxes foreign worker requirements in Indonesia, including foreign workers from China, in 18 sectors such as construction sector. Furthermore, Presidential Regulation 20/2018 was also enacted to attract more foreigners into Indonesia.

The number of foreign workers in Indonesia increased by 38.6% between 2014 and 2018. As of 2018, more than 95,000 foreign workers were working in Indonesia with the highest number of them coming from China. Most of them work as professionals, managers, directors, commissioners, consultants, technicians and supervisors in Indonesia.

In order to work in Indonesia, a work permit is required for foreign employees from China. In this guide, you will read more about the latest regulation and how you can go about applying for your work permit in Indonesian as a Chinese national.

Changes of Indonesian Work Permit Regulations

Effective from June 26, 2018, the Presidential Regulation 20/2018 laid out the important changes of working in Indonesia as a foreigner.

work permit indonesia for chinese nationals

Chinese Foreign Employees do not Need IMTA

IMTA was required previously. However, it is now combined with the Expatriate Placement Plan or RPTKA in order to simplify the process.

Certain Positions do not Need RPTKA

Currently, only certain positions require RPTKA. If you are a foreigner and to hold the below positions, a RPTKA is not required:

  • Consular and diplomatic officers
  • Foreign employees that are necessary to the government in Indonesia
  • Directors or commissioners who are also the shareholders

Restrictions on Job Positions for Foreign Employees

Foreigners are not permitted to hold the following positions in Indonesia, especially for positions relating to human resource and personnel matters:

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Industrial Relation Manager
  • Career Advisor
  • Employee Career Development Supervisor
  • Job Advisor
  • Employee Mediator
  • Job Counselor
  • Job Interviewer
  • Job Training Administrator
  • Occupational Safety Specialist
  • Job Analyst

Insurance Program for Chinese Foreign Workers

All foreign employees must be included in the insurance program with registration at BPJS Ketenagakerjaan (employment social security), as long as they have worked in Indonesia for at least 6 months.

Compensations for Foreign Employees

Foreign workers will be paid the usage compensation fund, or DKP. The payment of US$ 100/month to each foreign worker or each foreign position is compulsory by the foreign employers.

Mandatory Use of Indonesian Language in Training and Education

All training and education must be conducted in Indonesian language to foreign workers in Indonesia.

Submission of Foreign Worker’s Report

It is compulsory for employers in Indonesia to submit their foreign employee’s report to the Ministry of Manpower once a year. Previously, the submission was required every 6 months.

How Cekindo can Assist with Work Permit Application

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