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Work Visa in Indonesia.

Learn about work visas in Indonesia thanks to Horizons’ up-to-date guide.

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Types of work visas in Indonesia

There are two types of work visas in Indonesia:

  1. ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas) – A temporary-stay permit
  2. KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap) – A permanent-stay visa

For the ITAS in Indonesia, the work visa applicant would need to apply for and be granted the following permits in this order: 

  1. VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas): Allowing applicant to enter Indonesia for work purpose
  2. IMTA (Work Permit): Allowing applicatn to work in Indonesia.
  3. ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas): An immigration status with the immigration office stamping the passport every year to show the residence status.
  4. KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas): Residence Permit Card allowing to legally stay in Indonesia (up to 12 months). The KITAS acts as proof that the applicant does have an ITAS (and that it can be extended).

The KITAP requires a strict application process and is only open to those already holding an ITAS. KITAP is only open to applicants who meet one of the following criteria:

  • Foreigners who are married to an Indonesian citizen for at least two years (spouse-sponsored KITAS holders)
  • Foreign investors, directors, or commissioners in an LLC or PT PMA (must be an Indonesian investor visa holder for three consecutive years, minimum)
  • Foreigners who plan to retire in Indonesia (current holders of an Indonesian retirement visa) OR
  • Indonesians who are in the process of regaining their citizenship

Required documents for a work visa in Indonesia

The following documents are required when applying for a work visa in Indonesia:

  • Passport (minimum 18 months validity, and 3 blank pages) 
  • Reference Letter(s): original(s) signed + stamped. Should indicate at least 5 years of work experience in the same field (or a reference letter from the new company certifying 5+ years of work experience in the same field).
  • All Diplomas (minimum Bachelor): copy
  • Colored ID photo (with formal attire): copy
  • CV, including a minimum of 5 years work experience, with the latest job title related to the position in Indonesia: copy
  • Health insurance proof (current or any other that will be used when in Indonesia): copy
  • Certificate/Card of COVID-19 Vaccination (fully vaccinated): copy
  • Statement Letter: copy
  • Bank statement (last 3 months) with a minimum balance equal to USD 2,000 in any currency: copy

Process to get a work visa in Indonesia

Getting a work visa when the employee is based outside of Indonesia

  1. Documents collection by the applicant
  2. IMTA Work Permit application: 1.5-2 months (this process can sometimes be expedited in 4-6 weeks)
  3. VITAS application at Indonesia Embassy abroad: 1 week
  4. Arrival in Indonesia with the e-visa: 1 day
  5. KITAS application: within 30 days upon arrival 
  6. ITAS stamping on passport
  7. Registration at the Police (STM) to receive the SKPPS: 7 days

Getting a work visa when the employee is based inside of Indonesia

  1. Documents collection by the applicant
  2. IMTA Work Permit application: 1.5-2 months (process can be expedited in 4-6 weeks)
  3. Arrival in Indonesia with the e-visa: 1 day
  4. KITAS application: within 30 days upon arrival 
  5. ITAS stamping on passport
  6. Registration at the Police (STM) to receive the SKPPS: 7 days

The process for applicants based inside Indonesia is similar to applicants based abroad, as applicants will have to leave the country in most cases.

Applicants can expect to be outside of Indonesia for approximately 10 days.

Special notes about Work Visas in Indonesia

  1. Jakarta is the best place for Indonesia work visa holders to be located. In some cases, it is the only location where foreign companies can support visa applications.
  2. If an applicant is based in Indonesia, they may still have to leave and re-enter Indonesia during the work visa transfer process. Non-Indonesian national applicants based in Indonesia who are changing jobs should plan to leave for 10 days and return as part of the process.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ):

Yes, it is usually possible to bring your family members to Indonesia when holding an Indonesia work visa. Family members will apply for dependent visas on the same KITAS as the work visa holder. Technically, the dependent visas are also sponsored by the company hiring the worker; however, it’s important to note that a dependent visa holder in Indonesia is not permitted to work or earn income in Indonesia. 

The application for a dependent visa is 100% online and does not normally require an in-person visit to the consulate or embassy. More information on this topic can be found on the official immigration office website of Indonesia.

KITAS holders usually have valid residency in Indonesia for 3 months – 1 year. The Indonesian work visa can be renewed annually up to 4 times, at which point the applicant would be eligible for a KITAP (permanent stay visa)

A global employer of record can provide a work visa in Indonesia. For best results, it is better to plan for your foreign worker in Indonesia to be based in Jakarta.

Even if the candidate is already based in Indonesia, they will likely have to leave the country during the process and re-enter. This part of the process is determined on a case-by-case basis, but applicants in such scenarios should be fully prepared to leave for approximately 10 days, and come back, during a job change.

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