Many foreigners are currently employed in Indonesia. Those who are doing so will have received a valid work permit at some point. Similarly, people who are not yet working in Indonesia but intend to do so will require a work permit before they may begin their employment there.

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Work Permits Which Can Be Obtained in Indonesia

Many people from all over the world come to Indonesia for business purposes. Foreigners who plan to establish a business of some sort and live in Indonesia so that they may operate the business can choose from various types of work and stay permits. The permit which is to be used will depend upon the type of job, qualifications, and preference of the foreigner. The Ministry of Manpower issues the work permit, while the stay permit (ITAS/ITAP) is issued by immigration authorities.

The following are the types of work permit which can be obtained in Indonesia:

One–month / Emergency Work Permit and Limited Stay Permit

The one–month / emergency work permit and limited stay permit must be sponsored by a company, is valid for a maximum of 30 days, and is non-renewable. At the end of the 30-day validity period, the foreign worker must leave Indonesia. For this type of work and stay permit, no cancellation procedure (known as EPO) is required, which means that the foreigner can immediately leave the country.

Short-term Work Permit and Limited Stay Permit

The short-term work permit and limited stay permit must be sponsored by a company and is valid for a period of anywhere between two and six months. Just as is the case with the emergency work and stay permit, a short-term work and stay permit is also non-renewable. However, upon expiry of the permits, the foreigner must cancel the work permit (IMTA), stay permit (ITAS), and Certificate of Temporary Residence (SKTTS).

Long-term Work Permit and Limited Stay Permit

The long-term work permit and limited stay permit must be sponsored by a company and is valid for a period of anywhere between seven and 12 months. This work and stay permit is renewable on up to five occasions. Each renewal extends the validity of the permit by 12 months. After expiry of the permit or when the foreigner quits working for the sponsor company, the foreigner must cancel the work permit (IMTA), stay permit (ITAS), and Certificate of Temporary Residence (SKTTS).

How Foreigners Receive Indonesia Work Permits

The process of securing a work permit in Indonesia can be somewhat difficult; much patience may sometimes be needed. The following are the steps of the process by which one receives a work permit:

  • The sponsor company receives approval for the Foreign Employment Utilization Plan (RPTKA) for its proposal; this approval is received from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower
  • The sponsor company must complete the Pre-IMTA/Pre-work Permit process and be notified of the duration that the foreigner may live and work in Indonesia
  • An advance payment of US$100 per month must be paid for DKP-TKA (Development Funds in Exchange of hiring a foreign worker).
  • After the approval of work permit or IMTA, the foreigner can work legally in Indonesia
  • Immigration authorities in Indonesia will issue the foreigner a VITAS
  • The foreigner must convert the VITAS into a KITAS upon arrival in Indonesia
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