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  • Indonesian Language Proficiency Requirement for Foreign Workers Scrapped

    Indonesian Language Proficiency Requirement for Foreign Workers Scrapped

    Several weeks ago it had already been reported that Indonesian President Joko Widodo requested Manpower and Transmigration Minister Hanif Dhakiri to revise a draft regulation (made in 2013) that forces expats to pass a mandatory Indonesian language proficiency test in order to be eligible to obtain a work permit. According to Widodo this regulation jeopardizes the attractiveness of Indonesia’s investment climate.

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  • Property in Indonesia: Expats Allowed to Own Luxurious Apartments?

    Property in Indonesia: Expats Allowed to Own Luxurious Apartments?

    Indonesian Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro is completing a study related to the possibility of allowing foreign ownership of property in Indonesia. In a bid to generate more state revenue through taxation, the Indonesian government may allow foreigners (expats) to own luxurious (residential) apartments in the bigger cities of Indonesia. These apartments should be worth at least IDR 5 billion (approx. USD $375,940) according to current proposals. Brodjonegoro emphasized that expats will not be allowed to own landed houses.

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  • Expatriates in Indonesia: Number of Foreign Workers is Declining

    Expatriates in Indonesia: Number of Foreign Workers is Declining

    The number of expatriates working in Indonesia has declined in the last three years. Based on data from the Ministry of Manpower & Transmigration there were 68,957 expatriates working in Indonesia in 2013, a 4.8 percent decline from 2012. The main reason for this falling number is tighter government policy. Minister Muhaimin Iskandar stated that curtailing the influx of expats is one way of developing the country's human resources. Only when a foreigner has such exceptional qualities - not easily found in Indonesia - should he/she work in Indonesia.

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  • MIGAS Recommendation for Foreign Workers in Oil & Gas Sector Officially Revoked

    MIGAS Recommendation for Foreign Workers in Oil & Gas Sector Officially Revoked

    On February 8, 2018, the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources (Ignatius Jonan) officially revoked the obligation for companies in the Oil & Gas sector to obtain a MIGAS Recommendation for its foreign workers. By issuing Regulation number No. 6 of 2018 concerning the Revocation of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation, Minister of Mining and Energy Regulation and Decree of the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources concerning Oil & Gas Business Activities ("Regulation ESDM 6/2018") the Minister officially revoked the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Regulation No. 31 of 2013 on the Provisions and Procedures for the Use of Foreign Workers and the Development of Indonesian Workers active in the Business Field of Oil & Gas ("Regulation ESDM 31/2013).

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  • How Many Foreigners Actually Work in Indonesia? No Hoax!

    How Many Foreigners Actually Work in Indonesia? No Hoax!

    Over the past couple of weeks public outcry ensued in Indonesia due to rumors (a hoax) that said there are currently about ten million workers from China in Indonesia, implying these immigrants are (potentially) "stealing" jobs from the local population. Xenophobia and nationalist sentiments are no strangers to Indonesia, a country that faced a long colonial period, and therefore this hoax easily ignited anxiety among (part of) the Indonesian people. But how many foreigners are currently actually working in Indonesia?

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  • Third Party Sponsor Company for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Third Party Sponsor Company for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Companies abroad often wish to use third parties which can act as sponsor company for their expatriates in Indonesia. The use of third party sponsor companies is allowed under certain conditions for both long term work permits and short term work permits. In this column we discuss the specific requirements set by the Ministry of Manpower for the use of third party sponsor companies for expatriates in Indonesia. The requirements are not set in regulations but are based on internal policies used by the Ministry of Manpower.

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  • Exit Permit Only (EPO) Expatriates in Indonesia

    When expatriates resign from one company in Indonesia and start working for another company or move back to his/her home country, the immigration licenses need to be revoked. This revocation is performed by way of an exit process which results in the issuance of an Exit Permit Only (EPO). Once the expatriate obtains the EPO, he must leave Indonesia. And once left Indonesia all records of the expatriate are cleared / revoked. In this column we discuss the EPO procedure in specific for commissioners in the banking sector.

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  • Allowed Activities Using a Limited Stay Permit in Indonesia

    Allowed Activities Using a Limited Stay Permit in Indonesia

    A limited stay permit (izin tinggal terbatas) can be granted for periods of one month up to six months, one year, and two years. The length of the limited stay permit depends on the type of activities performed by the foreigner and the purpose of entering Indonesia. In this week’s column we provide an overview about the exact differences between the limited stay permits. It should however be noted that each application will be decided by Immigration on case-by-case basis.

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  • ITAS and ITK Online: New Online Reporting Requirement for Foreigners

    ITAS and ITK Online: New Online Reporting Requirement for Foreigners

    Since February 1, 2016, the Directorate General of Immigration implemented a new requirement for applications of new work permits by expatriates in the certain Immigration Offices in Indonesia and for the extension of Indonesian visiting visas for foreigners, i.e. ITAS and ITK ONLINE Report. In the column of this week we explain the new online reporting requirements set by the Directorate General of Immigration.

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  • Amendment Foreign Worker Regulation 16 of 2015 - Legal Update Indonesia

    Amendment Foreign Worker Regulation 16 of 2015 - Legal Update Indonesia

    The Minister of Manpower (Minister) regulation number 16 of 2015 on the Procedures to Employ Expatriates (New Foreign Worker Regulation) which we discussed in a previous column, has lead to many complaints from foreign investors due to its stringent rules. As a result of these complaints the Minister of Manpower issued an amendment to the New Foreign Worker Regulation, number 35 of 2015 (Amendment). In this column we discuss the main changes of the Amendment.

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  • Limited Stay Permit (KITAS) for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Limited Stay Permit (KITAS) for Expatriates in Indonesia

    Expatriates which are working in Indonesia require a limited stay permit (KITAS). In order to obtain a limited stay permit several licenses must be arranged. In previous columns we have explained the procedure for obtaining these licenses, which include a foreign manpower utilization plan (RPTKA), a foreign manpower work permit (IMTA) and telex visa. Before being able to obtain a limited stay permit (KITAS), expatriates and their employer must have arranged aforementioned licenses. In this column we will elaborate further about the limited stay permit (KITAS) for expatriates.

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  • Visitors Permit for Foreigners in Indonesia

    Visitors Permit for Foreigners in Indonesia

    Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation number 27 of 2014 on Technical Procedures for Granting, Extension, Refusal, Cancellation and Termination of a Visit Stay Permit, Limited Stay Permit, and Permanent Stay Permit and Exclusion of Liability of Holding a Stay Permit (Regulation 27/2014) regulates how foreigners can obtain a visit stay permit (visitors permit) and which activities are allowed under a visitors permit. In the column of this week we provide an overview of the types of visitors permits and based on which activities such permits can be obtained.

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  • How Can a Foreigner (Expat) Open a Foreign Currency Bank Account in Indonesia?

    How Can a Foreigner (Expat) Open a Foreign Currency Bank Account in Indonesia?

    Indonesia’s Financial Services Authority (OJK) issued a new regulation that simplifies the opening of a foreign currency bank account by a foreign national (expat). A circular, S-246/S.01/2015 (dated 15 September 2015 and signed by OJK Chairman Muliaman D. Hadad), has been sent to all directors of Indonesian commercial banks that conduct business in foreign currencies. This new rule, part of the economic policy package that was released by the Indonesian government on 9 September, aims to boost foreign currency funds in Indonesia and support the rupiah.

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