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Work Permit and KITAS

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Enter Indonesia with valid legal documents such as a visa and work permit

Indonesia offers several types of visas which differ based on the purpose of foreigners’ stays in the territory. The frequently used ones are a temporary stay permit called KITAS (ITAS) and a work permit known as IMTA. Effective from November 2018, a work permit (IMTA) is now combined with TELEX visa in the form of so-called “Notification”, and its validity is the same as the employment agreement.

Work Visa – KITAS

Having a temporary stay permit (KITAS), also known as a working visa or working KITAS, is one of the necessities when working in Indonesia. On the contrary to a spouse-sponsored KITAS or a retirement KITAS, a work KITAS must be sponsored by an Indonesian company (an individual sponsorship is not allowed).

The length of each working KITAS is based on job positions commonly ranging from six to 12 months, and it goes hand in hand with a Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP).

 

Work Permit – IMTA

work-permit-in-Indonesia2Foreigners who plan to work or obtain income in Indonesia have to apply for a work permit prior to their arrival. This is a bureaucratic procedure that involves the Ministry of Manpower as well as several immigration offices.

A work permit is the only document which allows foreigners to work in Indonesia legally. Its requirements are quite strict and many job position, as well as business sectors, are restricted to foreigners.

KITAS and Work Permit

The Indonesian government has recently implemented Presidential Regulation (No. 20/2018) concerning foreign workers and simplified the process of securing a work permit. The implementation is, however, expected to happen continuously and be finalised during upcoming two years. As such, a visa agent or consultant with the understanding of current legislation became an essential part of the application process.

Visa Agent

Thanks to being present on the Indonesian market for almost a decade, Cekindo is able to assist you during the preparation and the application process for both work permit and work visa.

Local Sponsor

Expats who wish to own a work visa (KITAS sponsored by a local company) might struggle to find such a company without employment. Cekindo provides advisory visa services as well as local sponsorship.

Important – Employment in Bali

The number of foreigners coming to Bali who fail to comply with the Indonesian regulations is increasing. Please note that requirements for a work permit, work visa in Bali, as well as the process of extension of visa, are the same everywhere in Indonesia.

Tourists coming to Bali are not exempt from the legal obligations, and they are not allowed to work without a valid work visa and work permit. Incomers should also pay higher attention when choosing a visa agent in Bali as they frequently become a subject to organised crime.


Fill in the form below and get detailed information about a work permit and work visa KITAS in Indonesia. Lists of restricted countries, sectors and positions are provided upon request or during face-to-face consultancy in one of our offices located in Jakarta, Semarang, and Bali.

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Selected Testimonials

  • Matthias Coessens - Empyrean

    When I was looking for a reliable partner who could help with company registration, payroll, taxes and working permit in Indonesia, Cekindo’s domain knowledge and clear communication astonished. Firstly, we decided to pursue cooperation with Cekindo in terms of company registration, but they also assisted me in obtaining the necessary working permits and visas (KITAS), and we use their payroll and tax reporting services until now.

    Matthias Coessens
    Product Director at Empyrean Solutions Apac
  • Ivana Bartonkova

    Cekindo handled business visa for our new colleague promptly and made the start of our company in Vietnam easier and faster. I particularly enjoyed communication with the consultant, who advised the best solution for us and was all the time available to answer any questions. She made sure that all the documents were collected and prepared on time and we got great support during the whole process. Thank you Cekindo and I hope to cooperate again in the near future!

    Ivana Bartonkova
    Marketing and HR director of Port Cities Vietnam
  • Phyto CZ Sro

    Cekindo assisted us with a selection of our local distributor in Indonesia and organised several meeting in Jakarta. Their assistance enabled us to meet our potential local partners and choose the best distributor conveniently. The decision to cooperate with Cekindo was based on a recommendation from our prominent partner in Bali and we cannot be more grateful. Cekindo’s systematic work, active communication, thoroughness and professionalism was exceptional.

    Ing. Václav Tomek
    Phyto CZ Sro
  • Vivek Singh Rathaur

    Cekindo initially helped us with setting up our business structure in Indonesia and getting us all due licenses and approvals. Currently, Cekindo is associated with us as our business partner in Indonesia by providing a face to our name and handling various business activities on our behalf. Without their help, we would be lost in keeping up with regulatory requirements and being a compliant company in Indonesia.

    Vivek S.Rathaur
    Vega Industries
  • akvo - cekindo

    Thanks to Cekindo and its one-stop market entry solutions, we could start exploring the Indonesian market. Cekindo’s broad portfolio of services included a formal process of our representative office registration, consultations regarding proper legal set-up and even working permit and visa applications. Cekindo’s extensive knowledge of the latest developments and legal requirements allowed us to focus on more operational matters and to build a local team in Indonesia.

    Peter van der Linde
    Co-founder / Director strategy & solutions, Akvo Pte Ltd
  • morning-star-cekindo

    After extensive research online, I reached out to several companies including Cekindo. Cekindo’s info package and summary of services were by far the most thorough and professional and their pricing was competitive and reasonable. Cekindo’s sound knowledge of all administrative requirements gave me the confidence that my company incorporation of 100% foreign owned export company was being executed correctly and legally.

    Kingsley Fiegert
    Director, Morning Star Investments (WA) Pty Ltd
  • Jason Peter Stevens

    With knowledgable team, Cekindo helped me make the whole process of company registration and product registration of health and beauty products in Indonesia less confusing and seamless at the same time. They have always been swift in response and hands-on at every email, never leaving me wondering or worried. As far as I am concerned, they go above and beyond the call of duty. They will most certainly be my long-term partner moving forward into the years to come. Thank you Cekindo!

    Jason Peter Stevens
    Group CEO, Studio XII Pte Ltd
  • Konstantin-Simonov

    We chose Cekindo because we considered Cekindo as a professional company with a good attitude and a streamlined business model. Cekindo met all our expectations as it created the atmosphere of accountability and transparency. The most significant added values that we received from cooperation with Cekindo are the time we saved and mistakes we avoided.

    Konstantin Simonov
    Director, PT. AEKS Konsultasi dan Integrasi
  • DESMI Testimonial - Cekindo

    Cekindo provided outstanding services in registering our representative office in Indonesia in a timely manner. Their financial services have been helping us a lot — our local employees feel secure working for our company. Cekindo became our reliable partner with quick response on our needs. Their flexibility and full support of our business in Indonesia are the main reasons to continue in our cooperation.

    Rajendra Iskandar
    Sales and Support Engineer, DESMI
  • (CFLD), Mr. Max Yang, President, Indonesian Region

    After comparing several consultants, I found Cekindo is a international and professional organization with good understanding of local market. Cekindo helped our company to set up our first Indonesian entity, and also helps with day-to-day operation.  Cekindo showed high level of professionalism. Jump start the business in Indonesia, take care of routine process, therefore we can focus more on our core business.

    Max Yang
    President, Indonesian Region, China Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd.

Selected Clients

water org
astra otoparts
visahq
traveloka
tokopedia
smartfren
samsung
google
exxonmobil
ericsson
carmudi
zomato
homecredit
akvo

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to use a business visa to work in Indonesia?

Is it easy to obtain a business visa or working visa?

Who can be a visa sponsor? Can it be an individual?

How long will the process take? For how long will my visa be valid?