April 29, 2021

Indonesia Introduces A New Offshore Work Permit Application Process

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower has announced that it will now accept offshore work permit submissions for foreign nationals. Applicants will need to first obtain a Letter of Recommendation from the investment authority, Badan Koordinasi Penanaman Modal (BKPM), before they can submit the application from overseas. Alternatively, they can obtain a single-entry business visa to enter Indonesia and the employer can then submit the application for the Work Permit and/or Stay Permit with the Ministry of Manpower with no requirement for the BKPM Letter of Recommendation.

What has changed?

Previously, foreign nationals applying for Work and/or Stay Permits for Indonesia were only able to do so from within the country. Now, foreign nationals will be able to submit their application from overseas, provided they have obtained a Letter of Recommendation from the BKPM. Specific details, including processing times to obtain the letter, are yet to be released, however the new option will be key for foreign nationals who wish to submit their permit application from overseas. The Letter of Recommendation will be submitted to the relevant government agencies and will provide the approval and permission to the employing company to hire the foreign national. Once obtained, the employer can submit the foreign national’s work application to the Ministry of Manpower.

Because processing times are not yet clear, employers requiring foreign national employees urgently in Indonesia should consider whether to follow this new offshore process, or whether to proceed with the alternative route of obtaining a single-entry business visa and applying for the work permit once in the country, without the need for the Letter of Recommendation.

For further information on the overseas work permit application process for Indonesia, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team.

Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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