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  • New Regulation Makes it Easier for Foreigners to Work in Indonesia

    New Regulation Makes it Easier for Foreigners to Work in Indonesia

    The government of Indonesia issued Presidential Regulation No. 20/2018 on the Use of Foreign Workers in Indonesia. This new regulation aims at simplifying the permit application process for foreign workers, hence making the process more efficient and faster. Among the key changes is that the previously mandatory Expatriate Placement Plan (in Indonesian: Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing, or RPTKA) has been removed in specific cases.

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  • Property in Indonesia: More Expats Rent Houses in South Jakarta

    Property in Indonesia: More Expats Rent Houses in South Jakarta

    According to commercial real estate company Colliers International Indonesia, more expatriates are renting houses in Indonesia, specifically (South) Jakarta, since the second half of 2017. The rising number of expats who rent houses in Indonesia is due to expansion plans of manufacturing and automotive companies.

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  • Number of Foreign Workers in Indonesia on the Decline

    Number of Foreign Workers in Indonesia on the Decline

    The number of expat workers in Indonesia is declining due to persistently low commodity prices and the government's stricter regulations regarding the hiring of expats. In the first five months of 2016 a total of 72,399 temporary residential permits (including renewals) were issued to expats. It is highly unlikely that the number of expat workers in Indonesia this year will equal the total of 171,944 foreign workers that were active in Indonesia in 2015. Actually the number of expats working in Indonesia has already been on the decline since 2011 (when the commodity slowdown reemerged).

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  • Indonesia & ASEAN Economic Community: Free Flow of Skilled Labor

    Indonesia & ASEAN Economic Community: Free Flow of Skilled Labor

    With the implementation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) per 1 January 2016 - i.e. the community that is designed to allow the free flow of goods, services, investment, and skilled labor as well as the freer flow of capital among its ten member countries - there has been concern among part of the Indonesian population whether there could occur a massive inflow of foreign workers into Indonesia hence giving rise to more competition on the domestic labor market. This column zooms in on the free flow of labor under the AEC.

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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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  • Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 26 July 2015 Released

    Indonesia Investments' Newsletter of 26 July 2015 Released

    On 26 July 2015, Indonesia Investments released the latest edition of its newsletter. This free newsletter, which is sent to our subscribers once per week, contains the most important news stories from Indonesia that have been reported on our website in the last seven days. Most of the topics involve economic subjects such Indonesia’s coal royalties, a July inflation update, the weak performance of Indonesian stocks and the rupiah, revised regulations regarding the position of foreign workers in Indonesia, and more.

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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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Latest Columns Expats

  • Are Foreign Workers Required to Learn the Indonesian language?

    Are Foreign Workers Required to Learn the Indonesian language?

    Presidential Regulation No. 20/2018 on the Use of Foreign Workers continues to be a controversial regulation. In essence the new regulation aims at simplifying the permit application process for foreign workers, hence making the process more efficient and faster. As a result, foreign direct investment (FDI) realization in Indonesia should rise, thus encouraging overall economic growth in Southeast Asia's largest economy.

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  • Foreign Workers in Indonesia: a Threat or Tactic to Gain Votes?

    Foreign Workers in Indonesia: a Threat or Tactic to Gain Votes?

    The issue of foreign workers has been the topic of much debate in Indonesian media in recent weeks. Ahead of the 2019 legislative and presidential elections political opponents of Indonesian President Joko Widodo are seemingly using this topic to gain popularity and to incite criticism on the government, or even to incite anxiety in society. Lets take a closer look at what it is about and whether criticism or anxiety is grounded or that we are simply dealing with another hoax.

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  • OJK Changes Regulation for Foreign Workers in the Banking Sector

    OJK Changes Regulation for Foreign Workers in the Banking Sector

    Indonesia’s financial authority, the OJK, has recently issued regulation no. 37/POJK.03/2017 on the Employment of Foreign Workers and Knowledge Transfer within the Banking Sector (New Regulation). The New Regulation replaces Bank Indonesia regulation number No. 9/8/PBI/2007 on the Employment of Foreign Workers and the transfer of knowledge program Within the Banking Sector. In this column we discuss the available job titles for foreign workers, the application requirements and the transfer of knowledge program.

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  • Indonesian Citizenship Foreigners through Online Application System

    Indonesian Citizenship for Foreigners through Online Application System

    The Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Ministry) recently issued Regulation number 36 of 2016 regarding the Procedures for the Submitting Applications for Indonesian Citizenship (New Regulation). The New Regulation focuses on foreigners who are married to an Indonesian citizen and who wish to secure Indonesian citizenship. The New Regulation is aiming to replace the previous manual system, under Regulation No. M.02-HL.05.06 of 2006, with an online system.

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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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  • Application, Rejection & Cancellation of Visit Visa & Limited Stay Visa

    Application, Rejection & Cancellation of Visit Visa & Limited Stay Visa

    In our previous column we discussed the types of Visitor Visas and Limited Stay Visas based on Ministry of Law and Human Rights issued regulation number 24 of 2016 on Technical Procedures for the Application and Issuance of Visitor Visas and Limited-Stay Visas (New Regulation). In the column of this week we will discuss the application procedures, rejection and cancellation of Visitor Visas and Limited Stay Visas.

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  • Procedures for Obtaining Visitor Visa and Limited Stay Visa

    Procedures for Obtaining Visitor Visa and Limited Stay Visa

    Recently the Ministry of Law and Human Rights issued regulation number 24 of 2016 on Technical Procedures for the Application and Issuance of Visitor Visas and Limited-Stay Visas (New Regulation). The New Regulation is an implementation of article 108 of Government Regulation No. 31 of 2013 Concerning Implementing Regulation of Law No. 6 Of 2011 Concerning Immigration. In this column we discuss the contents of the New Regulation.

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  • Indonesia Amends 10 Local-Staff-per-Foreign-Worker (Expat) Rule

    Indonesia Amends Local-Staff-per-Foreign-Worker (Expat) Regulation

    When the Indonesian government unveiled Ministry of Manpower Regulation No. 16/2015 in July, foreign companies in Indonesia became nervous. The regulation required that for every foreign worker (expat) in Indonesia, 10 locals would need to be hired. Although the regulation would not work retroactively, while new foreign companies in Indonesia would be allowed to hire low-paid non-permanent staff (such as office boys or drivers), the regulation met resistance from international chambers of commerce.

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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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  • 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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