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Work Permit and KITAS in Indonesia

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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

The number of foreign workers in Indonesia continues to increase each year, check out the data below:

infographic - foreign employees

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

Foreigners 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 provide consultation to 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 visa consultation as well as local sponsorship.

Investor KITAS

Another type of KITAS that also appeals to foreigners in Investor KITAS. Indonesian Investor KITAS offers major noteworthy benefits, including ease of application and waiver of work permit fee. With an Investor KITAS, foreign investors will no longer be required to pay a fee of USD 1,200 every year, if they meet all the investment requirements. Furthermore, once the initial investment has been poured, foreign investors can immediately start working in Indonesia.

Indonesian Investor KITAS can be categorised into two types:

  • Index 313: 1-year KITAS
  • Index 314: 2-year KITAS

 

To qualify for an Investor KITAS, foreign investors are required to have a minimum investment of IDR 1 billion in invested shares and the invested capital of the company has to be over IDR 10 billion. A newly established company will be able to sponsor the investors upon receiving the business registration number (Nomor Induk Berusaha – NIB) and business licenses (Izin Usaha). For businesses that are already up and running, necessary licenses can be applied directly through the Online Single Submission (OSS) system.

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 consult with our visa specialists 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

  • logo-PT-Asia-Victory

    Prior to choosing Cekindo as our business partner in Indonesia, we interviewed and compared several companies. Finally, we chose to cooperate with Cekindo because of its professionalism and quality. Cekindo has assisted us in many ways, from company certification application to KITAS application and financial statement compliance to the fulfillment of other tax obligations in Indonesia. We appreciate the team’s fast response and professionalism in preparing the financial statements, among others.

    Doris Chen
    PT. Asia Victory and PT. Bigger One
  • logo Toaster

    When I joined Toaster, it was already working with Cekindo. But it’s quick to see why Toaster chose Cekindo. Cekindo has been very helpful throughout. Toaster Headquarters is based in London. Indonesian tax laws are not our specialty. Cekindo’s team has helped us to understand Indonesian tax. They are very knowledgeable and dependable, and therefore a huge asset to our company.

    Tsui-Sie Wong
    Toaster
  • logo Ohmnia

    As a new business in Indonesia, we started consulting with multiple law firms but quickly narrowed down to only Cekindo. Cekindo was recommended as one of the top firms by multiple sources in the business community. The staff at Cekindo was very responsive to our needs as a new business. The team provided consultancy and assisted our startup firm with initial business setup, licenses and permits, HR/recruitment and market research. One year since our establishment, we still consider Cekindo as our partner.

    PT Ohmnia Tenaga Surya
  • Jan Pilar - Hydropol

    When we intended to enter the Indonesian market back in 2013/14, Cekindo helped us to understand the possibilites and options for business presence in Indonesia through legal advice & also advisory on how to arrange for ownership. Furthermore, Cekindo also provides us with a range of fully professional and reliable accounting & tax services for our representative office in Indonesia. In the world of digital & virtual economy like today, it is an essential prerequisite to have the most reliable business partner like Cekindo.

    Jan Pilař
    Hydropol
  • Sagar Datar - Bristlecone

    A huge gratitude to Cekindo, particularly its visa team, for handling our visa cases. During our visa applications, Cekindo was extremely helpful not only in facilitating all of our visa requirements but also in clarifying our queries/doubts. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the good work of Cekindo’s visa team.

    Sagar Datar
    Bristlecone
  • 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

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?