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Indonesia Immigration Information Work Permit


A work permit is required to work in Indonesia. These are very difficult to procure and should be arranged by your employer.

Official government policy is to hire Indonesians wherever possible. In the past, travellers had been able to pick up work as English teachers, for around Rp50,000 to Rp60,000 per hour, which used to be reasonable money but now hardly seems worth it. Apart from expatriates employed by foreign companies, most foreigners working in Indonesia are involved in the export business.

Work Permit

Any foreigners intending to work and stay in Indonesia must have a sponsor both in the home country and in Indonesia. A sponsoring company/institution in the Indonesia, however large or small, is a necessary requirement.

Staying and working in Indonesia on business for a long period (that is more than five weeks, this is being the normal permit period for business) needs approval from the Immigration Office in Indonesia, and one must have the necessary visa, work and stay permits which can be applied for by the sponsor/counterpart in Indonesia at the Immigration Office in Indonesia.

Applicants must be absolutely sure that the sponsoring company/institution in Indonesia can help them with their application and provide them with the necessary assistance regarding the visa and work permit. The sponsoring company/institution should approach the Immigration Office in Indonesia and be in constant contact with the Immigration Office in Indonesia, not only for visa matters but also for other matters involving the Immigration Office during and in connection with the applicants stay in Indonesia.

Regarding stay permits, foreigners can only be issued with a VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas) or also known as a Limited/Temporary Resident Visa for a maximum period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension (subject to approval from the immigration authorities in Indonesia). Furthermore, this temporary resident visa can only be obtained if the individual concerned has a sponsor/counterpart in Indonesia who can help him/her obtain the visa by applying to the Immigration Office in Indonesia. Please be advised that it takes a considerable length of time for an application to be processed.

If and when the application is approved and the visa is then granted by the Immigration Office in Indonesia, the Immigration Office will first notify the sponsor/counterpart in Indonesia and will give special authorisation to the embassy to issue the visa. The necessary visa will be issued by the embassy only after special authorisation has been received by the embassy directly from the Immigration Office in Indonesia.

Please be advised that the notification of approval sent by the Immigration Office in Indonesia to the applicant's sponsor in the home country cannot be accepted or used by the embassy to issue the visa as the information contained therein is intended only for the applicant's information and does not in itself authorise the embassy to issue the visa.

It is the responsibility of the company for which the applicant is working to contact the embassy for the result of the applicant's application to the Immigration Office in Indonesia for a permit to work in Indonesia, and should their employee's application be granted, arrange with the embassy when the employee should come to the embassy to complete the final application forms.

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