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Most Common Questions about Work Permit in Indonesia

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 28 February 2017
  • 3 minute reading time

Most Frequent Questions about Getting Work Permit in Indonesia

We have compiled the most frequent questions which we received from our clients about work permits in Indonesia, to help you get more clues about the work permit process here. Check out!

The application process will do simultaneously, however, the dependant visa will only be available for collection appr. 2 weeks after the Work Permit applicants collected their VITAS. To notarize a document there is no statutory requirement for it. Cekindo will submit all of the documents. The application process is in the host country, however for VITAS collection should be done in the Indonesian embassy abroad.



Work permit processing time 2 months
Please explain/confirm the Standard work permit process (Please detail step-by-step including rough time frames)

e.g. What do you need from the employee or the client before you lodge an application? What is the process for lodging the application? How is it reviewed/approved? What happens after approval?

Work permit



(working days)

Manpower scheduling (RPTKA) 15
Temporary stay permit visa approval (VITAS) 7
New temporary stay permit (KITAS/ITAS) 7
New local police report (STM) 2
New temporary resident registration (SKPPS) 7
Expatriate admittance report to manpower 3

We will need the employee’s personal ID and the company documents. How long is the work permit valid for? Can renew it? Is there a cost to renew? Must the foreigner leave the country during the renewal process? Work Permit will be valid for 6 months for the non-directorial position, and 1 year for the directorial position. It needs to renew and the foreigner should leave the country using EPO in the renewal process. Please remember that the foreigner is no need to leave during all the renewal process, but only few days to obtain VITAS from Indonesian Embassy. The cost to renew a WP is the same as applying for a new Work Permit (WP), as mentioned above.What documents are required from the applicant?Personal documents and bank account of the applicant.Are work permit processes different for different nationalities? Yes, there are different difficulties for some nationalities.

 Work Permit restrictions (age/qualification/experience level/industry/quotas)

To apply Work Permit, the requirements are:

  • Should be between 25-65 years old.
  • Possess a diploma degree or 5 years of working experience

Is it possible to transfer work permit sponsor whilst in country? If so, please explain.It is possible to transfer work permit sponsor whilst in country, the process will take appr. 1 month.What is the process for their dependents?Can their spouse work in the host country?The spouse should apply for Work Permit to be able to legally work in the host country.Will any documents need to be apostilled or notarised?How to submit the documents?

e.g. to LP? To migration agent? To consulate in home country?

Is the application processed in host country or home country?


For further assistance, contact us now and our team will help you to get the work permit in Indonesia.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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Frequent Asked Questions

The sponsor must be a company for single and multiple-entry businesses and working visas. The sponsor company is the legal entity that invites you to a business meeting or the business you will be working for. Regarding social-cultural and retirement visas and KITAS & KITAP stay permits, the sponsor must either be an Indonesian legal entity or a citizen. If you need a visa sponsor, InCorp provides sponsorship via HR Outsourcing and manages payroll for your foreign employee.