Indonesia Work Visas & Work Permits

How to apply for Indonesia work visas, how to hire foreign employees in Indonesia, and more information to help you expand into Indonesia

If you are preparing an expansion to Indonesia for your organization, a crucial part of the process is likely to be arranging work visas for the employees you need to relocate.

The Indonesian visa process can be difficult, with multiple types of visas to choose from, language barriers, and administrative hurdles. If you fail to account for this, you could hit costly delays and hinder your expansion.

At New Horizons, our expansion experts offer comprehensive Indonesia work visa services, immigration support, and outsourcing, giving your business everything necessary to expand into Indonesia with the help of your indispensable workforce.

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Basic requirements for Indonesia work visas

When applying for Indonesian work visas, the exact requirements will vary depending on which visa you need. However, there are some general requirements that apply in most cases:

  • An application fee
  • A valid passport
  • A completed application form
  • Health insurance
  • The employee’s CV/resume
  • Your company’s business license
  • NPWP (tax identification) number

The application process will probably require several other official documents from your business, the precise details of which can be found via an Indonesian consulate/embassy.

Types of work visas for Indonesia

There are a number of different visas for visiting and working in Indonesia, all with varying requirements. However, two main categories are usually the most suitable for foreigners wanting to work in Indonesia:

  • ITAS or KITAS work visa: a short-term visa that allows sponsored individuals to work in Indonesia for a limited amount of time. To qualify for an ITAS/KITAS visa, your employee will usually first need a temporary stay visa (VITAS).
  • ITAP or KITAP work visa: a long-term residency visa, valid for five years, that can be extended indefinitely. These visas are more difficult to obtain and generally require the individual to already have a valid ITAS/KITAS visa.

Obtaining work visas for Indonesia

As an employer, you are responsible for most of the application process. To get a VITAS visa, you will first need to obtain an authorization letter from the Director General of Immigration in Jakarta. You will then need to submit your completed visa application(s) along with any relevant supporting documents to your local Indonesian consulate. This can be done either in person or via mail using a courier.

The processing time can vary but is likely to take several working days at a minimum, so it is important to prepare and submit your applications well in advance of needing the visas.

Further considerations

To qualify for a work visa in Indonesia, your employees will need to be sponsored, which must come from a registered Indonesian entity. If your organization doesn’t have a registered entity in Indonesia, New Horizons’ employer of record service means you can still relocate your employees.

How can New Horizons help?

At New Horizons, we help employers of all kinds expand into Indonesia, and we are experts in obtaining work visas to help workforces relocate. Our Indonesia work visa specialists offer dependable advice and outsourcing services to support you through Indonesia’s complex immigration process quickly and effectively. We can ensure that you and your valued employees are fully compliant with Indonesia’s unique regulations, save you time, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Additionally, we provide extensive outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, employer of record, and more to help your business start trading in Indonesia as efficiently as possible, even if you don’t have an established subsidiary in the country.

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