Indonesia has grown to be one of the popular destinations for work given its growing economy and welcoming culture. Beyond setting up a company in Indonesia, many have sought for jobs and are interested to live and work in Indonesia.
In order to do so, one must apply for a visa or employment pass before entering the country. As most of the visa applications are for those who wish to enter Indonesia to work, this article will solely focus on getting a work visa in Indonesia.
What are the Different Types of Visas in Indonesia?
Every foreigner that comes to Indonesia, usually have a different type of goal in mind, some come for a holiday, to which they would research on a visit pass to legally stay in Indonesia, other than that there are those who come for business.
For that reason, there are numerous different types of visas in Indonesia that serve different needs. Some of the visas available are:
Steps to Obtain a Work Visa in Indonesia
There are 4 main steps to secure a work visa in Indonesia.
#1 – Approval from the government and Submission of ‘Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing’ (RPTKA) to the Ministry of Manpower
Employers employing a foreign national must first get a formal government approval to do so before applying for a VITAS permit visa. Requesting approval either takes the form of an announcement letter (SPT), or letter from the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) indicating that an employment contract has been signed.
Additionally, the Expatriate Placement Plan, or a RPTKA is also required to be submitted to the Ministry of Manpower. When approved, this RPTKA will be used as the basis for issuing a limited stay permit (ITAS) to the foreign employee in question.
Documents Required obtaining an RPTKA
However, there are exceptions for companies that are employing foreign workers for certain roles that do not need to apply for a RPTKA, including;
#2 – Apply for a work permit (IMTA)
Once the RPTKA has been approved, employers are required to apply for an IMTA. To do so, they must also submit personal information about the applicant to the Ministry of Manpower. These information will be processed and approved in no longer than two working days.
This information includes their gender, nationality, place and date of birth, passport number and length of time it is valid for, their job role and how long they have worked for the company, along with certificates of education and work experience.
IMTAs are issued for a maximum period of one year. This can be extended in line with how long the RPTKA is valid for, up to a maximum period of two years.
The documents required to obtain an IMTA comprise a:
# 3 – Apply for a Limited Stay Visa and Permit
The Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will need to issue a letter of recommendation to the Department of Immigration, notifying it that it has issued VITAS to the recommended foreign employee.
Under the new regulations, applicants may concurrently apply for an ITAS at any nearby Indonesian embassy.
The relevant Indonesian diplomatic mission will issue the VITAS and a letter approving the issuance of the ITAS within two working days of receiving a completed application form.
Furthermore, foreign workers will be granted a multiple re-entry permit, which will be valid for the same length of time as their ITAS.
An ITAS allows expatriates in Indonesia to legally take up employment, earn his remuneration and open a bank account. It also gives one the right to stay without having to leave the country on a regular basis and enables them to obtain permanent residency status after three years.
The overall cost to the employer of obtaining an ITAS is roughly between US$1,000 and US$1,200.
Documents required by employer to obtain an ITAS:
|A copy of RPTKA||Copy of the passport with validity of at least 18 months;|
|A copy of the PIC’s ID (KTP) of the sponsor||Copy of curriculum vitae stamped by the company and signed by the director on a stamp|
|A copy of the ID (KTP) of a local employee working for the same company;||Copy of university certificate or highest education degree in English or Bahasa, stamped by the company and signed by the director on a stamp|
|All of sponsorship’s company documents||Work certificate with minimum 5 years of experience|
|Manpower Report (WLK)||Health insurance|
|Blank letterhead of the company||Photographs|
# 4 – Apply for a KITAS Card and Blue Foreigner’s Registration Book
After the ITAS has been obtained, foreign workers can apply for a KITAS Card and Blue Foreigners Registration Book, which is used to record their immigration status.
Both of these will grant permit for a foreigner for a stay up to two years and may be extended for up to two years each time, up to a maximum total of six years.
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