How to Apply for an Indonesian Work Visa?


Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia. This country is ranked 15th among the most significant economic countries in the world. According to statistics, Indonesia is going to become a financial giant by 2024. Working in this country promises a good future but you need an Indonesia work visa to move to the country.

In this article, we will share some information about Indonesian work visas, requirements, the application process, and FAQs.

How to Apply for an Indonesian Work Visa?

Finding a sponsor (employer) in Indonesia is the first step to getting a work visa. There is no work visa without a sponsor because most of the process has to be done within Indonesia. The sponsor has to receive authorization to hire an applicant. They also have to obtain a work permit and limited stay visa/residence permit for their employees/applicants.

There are several steps in order to obtain an Indonesia work visa (assuming that an applicant has already found a job):


Expatriate Placement Plan

The employer has to seek approval from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower. Then, typically, the employer has to explain why they are hiring a foreigner instead of an Indonesian citizen.

This approval is called RPTKA (Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing, which translates to “Expatriate Placement Plan”).


Applying for a work permit

The employer has to submit a request for an Indonesia work permit to the Ministry of Manpower. The employees must send their documents for the application in advance. These documents include work and education certificates, passport copies, etc. This work permit is called IMTA (Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing, which translates to “Permission to Employ Foreign Workers”.)


Receiving VITAS

The employer has to get a Temporary Indonesia Work Visa at the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).

This temporary work visa is called VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas, which translates to ” Limited Stay Visa “).

The Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) proceeds by sending a Recommendation Letter to the Indonesian Immigration Department.


Applying for a work visa

The employee has to submit an application for an Indonesia work visa (VITAS) to an Indonesian Embassy. In addition, copies of the RPTKA and IMTA must be submitted as well.

When the employee lands in Indonesia with an Indonesia work visa, the Immigration Department will issue the employee’s ITAS. The ITAS (Temporary Stay Permit) permit gives clearance to the employee to live and work in Indonesia for up to a year.


Applying for KITAS and Foreign Workers Work Permit

After the Immigration Department has issued the VITAS, the employee has to make an appointment at an Immigration Office and submit an application for Indonesia KITAS.

The employee must go to a police station and get the police department’s STM letter (Police Report Letter).

Then, the employee must go to the local municipality’s population office and register to receive an SKPPS (Registration for Temporary Resident) certificate.

The employer has to pay the DPKK (Skill and Development Fund), then the employee must pay a visit to the Ministry of Manpower and make a request for the IKTA permit.

  • The IKTA permit (Izin Kerja Tenaga Asing) translates to “Foreign Workers Work Permit.”
  • The DPKK is a hundred-dollar fee (U.S. dollar) paid monthly by the employee for hiring a non-Indonesian.


There is an exception. If the employee is:

  • A stakeholder (a member of the company’s board)
  • A diplomatic or consular officer
  • A government employee


There is no need to apply for the RPTKA.


What are Indonesia Work Visa Requirements?

Employee and employer will need to collect a number of documents to obtain an Indonesia work permit.

First, we mention employers. They must collect:

  • Their NPWP (Tax Identification Number) for tax identification
  • A Capital Registration License issued by the BKPM
  • A copy of the KTP (sponsor’s ID card)
  • A copy of a local employee’s KTP
  • Wajib Lapor (mandatory manpower) report
  • A company registration letter
  • A company stamp
  • An empty sheet of paper (only the letterhead of the company must be on the paper)
  • The certificate of residence for the company
  • The DOE (company deed of establishment), issued by the Indonesian Department of Justice
  • Proof of the employer’s business place


The employees should also provide the following documents:

  • A copy of their educational/university degrees (the employer should be stamped and signed these degrees)
  • A copy of The employees passport (must be valid for at least 18 months)
  • Passport photos (must be coloured)
  • Proof of work experience (at least five years) related to the job position
  • A copy of their resume (the employer should stamp and signed the employees’ resumes)
  • Evidence regarding life/ health insurance for employees’ duration of stay in Indonesia


How Long Is the Indonesia Work Visa Valid?

When the process is finished and all these documents are gathered, the employee is allowed to work in Indonesia legally. The Indonesian Work Visa is valid for a limited period of time, typically between 3 months to one year.


How to Extend an Indonesia Work Visa?

Based on the job of the employee, their contract, and the verdict of the Immigration Officers, the KITAS is granted for up to one year and can be renewed before it hits its expiration. After three years of working and living with a KITAS, employees can apply for a KITAP (Permanent Stay Permit), valid for five years.


Can Family Members Come Along with Indonesia Work Visa?

Yes, the employer has to apply for your family’s visa at the Immigration Department in Indonesia at the same time. In this method, employees and their dependent family members will all receive KITAS together. However, the employee’s spouse cannot work in Indonesia unless they find an employer (sponsor) and get their separate work permit.


Let’s sum up…

Indonesia is likely to become one of the largest economic giants in the future. So an Indonesian work visa is an exciting opportunity to go and work in that beautiful developing country.

The article explained the requirements for an Indonesian work visa, application process, and answered the common questions. To find out about other types of Indonesia visas, visit the left sidebar.

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