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.

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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Benefits of Work Permits in Indonesia

Every work permit available in Indonesia has its own reasons for importance and its own benefits. One of the main advantages of the of one–month / emergency work permit and limited stay permit is the relatively short processing time with regard to the relevant work permit (IMTA) and stay permit (ITAS). Foreigners who own this work permit are not required to obtain their limited stay visa (VTT) at an embassy abroad. They may instead opt to collect their VTT upon arrival at the airport. They are also not required to obtain either of two documents which would usually be required: the Certificate of Temporary Residence (SKTTS) and the Existence Report (L/K).

The short–term work permit and limited stay permit also has several important benefits. Companies that employ foreign workers, also known as sponsor companies, and are connected to this permit are not required to appoint an Indonesian counterpart worker. Moreover, the Ministry of Manpower does not require a minimum ratio of foreigners versus Indonesian workers for this type of work permit. Especially for projects which require large numbers of foreign workers, the short-term work and stay permit is the preferred option, as the sponsor company often cannot hire the required minimum number of Indonesian workers in the sponsor company. The short-term work permit is available for positions below managerial level. It is applicable to foreign workers who have not fulfilled the requirement of fulfillment of at least five years of job experience in line with the job in which the foreign worker is working or who have educational qualifications lower than that of a bachelor’s degree.

The main advantage of a long-term work and limited stay permit is that it can be extended on up to five occasions. The foreigner is not required to leave the country during the extension process. During each extension, the foreigner is required to surrender the passport for approximately one week in order to process the ITAS stamp in the passport at the local immigration office as well as to have a biometric session there.


Authorities Which Oversee Work Permits in Indonesia

  • The Ministry of Manpower

The Ministry of Manpower is the government body responsible for issuing and supervising the foreign manpower utilization plan and foreign manpower work permit in Indonesia. The foreign manpower utilization plan is a corporate license that specifies the job titles of foreign workers, the number of foreign workers in a company, and the duration of their assignment in Indonesia. This plan is used as the basis to apply for a foreign worker’s work permit. The work permit is a corporate license issued for each individual foreign worker. It specifies the foreign worker’s identity, job title, work location, sponsor company, and validity period of the permit.


  • Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) and local immigration offices (active under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights).

The Directorate General of Immigration (DGI) and local immigration offices are responsible for issuing and supervising the visit visas, stay visas, and stay permits of foreigners in Indonesia. Visit visas are mainly used by business travelers for business meetings in Indonesia, while stay visas and stay permits must be used by foreigners who work in Indonesia and use a work permit.


  • Police

Foreigners working in Indonesia and their dependants must secure a police reporting letter from the local police office. When workers travel for business meetings to a location not mentioned in their letter, they also need a travel permit from the regional or national police. Business travelers on a business visa in Indonesia also need a police reporting letter and travel permit when they travel to certain areas in Indonesia. These documents are used by the Indonesian police to monitor foreigners in Indonesia.


  • Civil Registration Office

Foreigners working in Indonesia and their dependants must have a Certificate of Temporary Residence from the civil registration office. The civil registration office uses the certificate to monitor the foreigners in their area.


  • Department of Labor

Companies employing foreign workers must report them to the Department of Labor located in the area where the company operates by using an existence report. The report is used by the local Department of Labor for monitoring purposes.


  • Other institutions

Companies which are active in the legal, health, finance and banking, sporting, electrical, and education industries need additional recommendations from related institutions before they can apply for a Foreign Manpower Utilization Plan and Foreign Manpower Work Permit from the Ministry of Manpower.


Enforcement of Work Permit Laws

The Ministry of Manpower and local Department of Labor enforce work permit laws by performing announced and unannounced audits at companies employing foreign workers. During these audits, all manpower documents are scrutinized and checked for compliance with manpower laws and regulations.

The Directorate General of Immigration and local immigration offices also enforce immigration law and regulations by performing announced and unannounced audits. During the immigration audits, immigration officers check whether all documentation is compliant and whether the activities of the foreigner are in line with the visa or permit as issued.

In rare cases, the Civil Registration Office performs audits at companies to confirm compliance with the obligation to obtain a Certificate of Temporary Residence for foreign workers.

If you are in need of a work visa or work permit which is valid in Indonesia, we at Paul Hype Page & Co will step in to assist. Once you have contacted us, we will ensure that the process of receiving the visa or permit is completed without any serious problems. We will also handle any government-related matters on your behalf.



In Indonesia, there are several laws and regulations that govern work permits. At the highest level, there are laws issued by the House of Representatives and approved and signed by the president. At lower levels, there are government regulations, presidential regulations and decrees, and ministry regulations and decrees. These laws must be followed by everyone who has a work permit in Indonesia.


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Indonesia Work Permit FAQs

How might one be stripped of a work Permit?2020-04-02T14:36:36+08:00

If the rules of the Ministry of Manpower and other concerned authorities are violated, the work permit of any individual can be removed. Due to the fact that the work permit allows a foreign individual to live and work in Indonesia, it is important for a foreigner to avoid this negative circumstance. 

Are certain Nationalities barred from receiving work Permits?2020-04-02T14:36:01+08:00

Any citizen of any country may receive a work permit in Indonesia. The country’s government does not restrict anyone from receiving a work permit on the basis of nationality. 

Is it easier to receive a work permit in Indonesia than it is in most foreign countries?2020-04-02T14:35:02+08:00

It is somewhat more difficult to obtain a work permit in Indonesia when compared to doing so in other countries of the world. However, this does not mean that it is impossible to do so. By following all laws and regulations, one will find it relatively easy to obtain a work permit.

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