Visa Work Permit

How to apply for a work permit in Indonesia.

Foreigners who come to work in Indonesia must have a work permit to work legally. These individuals must also apply for a Limited Residence Permit (VITAS) and Electronic Limited Residence Permit (ITAS) from the Indonesian Immigration Agency before starting work.
In addition, there are tourists who come to Indonesia for business activities without the intention of earning income. This group will apply for a work visa instead of a work permit.
Other reasons, it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the different types of visas in Indonesia to find the one that best suits your needs.
Here we will dive deeper into the requirements a foreign worker in Indonesia must comply with and up to date regulations in Indonesia.

Requirements to Obtain a
Work Permit in Indonesia

If you’re an employer looking to hire foreigners in Indonesia,
Rencana Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing (RPTKA) is the work permit that you will need to apply for your foreign hires.
In order to obtain a work permit, there are requirements for the employer as well as for the foreign hire.

For the Employer

According to Article 3 of MOM Regulation No. 8/2021, there is a list of eligible business entities that are permitted by the law to employ foreign workers. These include and are not limited to :

  • A organisation engaged in standard trading, goods, or different offerings ought to have a enterprise license;
  • A organisation engaged withinside the production enterprise outdoor of oil, gas, and geothermal energy, ought to have an commercial enterprise license;
  • A organisation engaged in different industries, consisting of creation, ought to have a creation enterprise license; and
  • Other licenses primarily based totally at the organisation's enterprise activities.

Eligible employers are required to submit include :

  • Detailed information of the employer’s identity
  • Reasons for employing foreign workers
  • Details of the position the foreign worker will undertake in the organisation structure
  • Contact details of the foreign worker employed.

For the Foreign Hire

  • Educational Background and Qualification are met for the position
  • Competency certificates or a minimum of 5 years’ work experience related to the position applied for
  • Willing to transfer the knowledge and skills of expertise to the local counterpart

Applying for a work permit in Indonesia does not have any age requirement in most industries and positions. However, as stated by the Indonesian Ministry of Energy, workers in the oil and gas industry must be between 30 and 55 years old to work in Indonesia.

This requirement does not include senior positions such as the general manager, chief executive or commissioner.

Procedures and documents
required to obtain a work permit

Before applying for an Indonesian work permit,
foreign employees and employers must obtain other types of visas and permits.
These include :
  • Foreign Employment Plan

    (Rencana Pengguna Tenaga Kerja Asing - RPTKA)

    The first document to be submitted is the RPTKA. Companies intending to hire foreign workers must obtain official government approval by submitting RPTKA to the Ministry of Manpower of the Republic of Indonesia.
  • Work Permit

    (Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Asing - IMTA)

    After obtaining approval from RPTKA, the company can apply for IMTA from the Ministry of Labor, including the applicant's personal information and documents , such as gender, name, number, passport validity, education and work experience.
  • Limited Residence Visa

    (Visa Izin Tertinggi Terbatas - VITAS)

    Based on the approval of RPTKA and IMTA, employers must apply for VITAS at BKPM. BKPM will then send a letter of recommendation to the Immigration Department and notify the foreign employee to issue a VITAS.
  • Temporary
    Limited Residence Permit

    (Izin Tinggal Terbatas - ITAS)

    Upon arrival in Indonesia, VITAS will become ITAS. ITAS is itself an immigration status. Indonesian immigration authorities stamp foreign workers' passports each year to indicate their temporary resident status.
  • Temporary Residence Permit Card

    (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas - KITAS)

    Once the ITAS is approved, the Indonesian Immigration Office automatically issues the KITAS to the foreign worker. KITAS is just an identification card that shows that the foreign worker has ITAS immigration status.

How long is work permit

valid for ? Indonesian work permit is valid for 1 to 12 months.
The duration depends on the type of industry in which the candidate works and the type of RPTKA of the sponsoring company.

Some types of work permits and their validity periods are detailed below :


Urgent or Urgent Work Permit

Valid for one month This work permit is for urgent work that requires immediate intervention. This permission is granted to avoid any negative consequences for the sponsor or the community at large.


Temporary work authorization

This permit is valid for between 2 and 6 months and is for foreigners who work in trade, services and consultancy. It also applies to workers in sectors such as mechanical repair and installation.


Long-term work permit

Is valid for periods ranging from 7 to 12 months. Also known as a normal work permit, this permit is generally available to expatriates at higher administrative levels, such as managers, directors and commissioners.


Why Do You Need It ?

For foreigners who wish to enter or stay legally in Indonesia within a certain duration, they need a permit called visa/KITAS from Indonesian authorities. Visa or work permit is given to foreigners to allow them working, remain within or leave its area designated.

How Can You Get It ?

The authority of Indonesia, Immigration, is one of the strictest and complicated bureaucratic processes. vOffice will assist you apply for a new visa, renewing, or even switching to a different type of visa.

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Business Visa

Business Visa is the type of visa if you want to come to Indonesia for business activities such as participating in a meeting or other non-income generating. You can either get a single-entry or a multiple-entry visa.



KITAS or a temporary stay permit, is the only type of visa that allows you to generate income. Foreigners who come to Indonesia to work for a longer period of time will be advised to apply for this KITAS, along with a work permit. By holding a KITAS, foreigners are allowed to enter multiple times to Indonesia, following the granted duration by the authority.


KITAP or a permanent stay permit can be obtained once foreigners renew their KITAS for 4 times, with the same sponsor. Each KITAP has a validity of 5 years and this type of permit is very favourable to whom who intends to build their life in Indonesia.

What You Need to Prepare ?

  • Foreigner’s passport
  • Legal documents of the company
  • Bank account statement of the cm
  • Living address in Indonesia
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