Human Resources & Payroll

The Guide to Employment Permits for Foreign Workers in Indonesia

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There are two types of employment visas available for foreign workers planning to work and live in Indonesia: ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas), a limited stay permit, issued by the Indonesian Immigration Directorate General through the local immigration office; and KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap), a permanent stay permit that is available for application to only those foreign workers who have held ITAS for a minimum of three consecutive years.

While ITAS is a limited stay permit, VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas) is the limited stay permit visa, a prerequisite to the issuance of the ITAS.

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Employing Local Workers in Indonesia    

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By: Dezan Shira & Associates
Editor: Samuel Glickstein

In order for a foreign firm to thrive in Indonesia, it must adapt to the country’s labor laws and human resource procedures. Although there is some space for flexibility in human resource management in Indonesia, the country’s labor laws and regulations have established firm protections for workers. Employers who violate these obligations will likely face significant legal repercussions. Therefore, it is paramount that employers learn about Indonesian manpower laws and the expectations that they may encounter when they interact with local workers.

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