Employment Pass (EP)

Employment Pass (EP)The Employment Pass (EP) is a Indonesian work visa designed for foreign professionals including employees, managers, executives and owners/directors of local businesses. This permit encompasses all nationalities and grants the holder the ability to live, work and travel freely in and out of Indonesia without the need for an entry visa.


Employment Pass and Visa Process in Indonesia

Obtaining an Employment Pass (IMTA) and the associated visa in Indonesia is essential for foreign workers employed by Indonesian companies. Here is a streamlined guide to the key aspects of this process.


Types of Visas

There are two primary types of visas for foreign workers in Indonesia:

Limited-Stay Visa (VITAS)

Upon approval of the Foreign Worker Utilization Plan (RPTKA), foreign workers receive a VITAS. This visa allows them to legally work in Indonesia.

Limited Stay Permit (KITAS)

After arriving in Indonesia with a VITAS, foreign workers must convert it into a KITAS, which permits them to work for up to 12 months.


Sponsorship and Payment

Sponsoring companies must seek MOM approval for the RPTKA and pay a US$100 monthly fee per foreign worker to the Development Fund for Expatriate Workers Law (DKPTKA).


Extension of Stay

Once the KITAS nears expiry, it can be extended. Previously, KITAS was valid for two years with two possible two-year extensions, totaling six years. New regulations extend the initial KITAS to five years, with one additional five-year extension.


Permanent Stay Visas

Foreign workers who have held KITAS for four consecutive years can qualify for permanent stay visas (KITAP), allowing them to stay permanently in Indonesia.


Second Home Category

Indonesia now allows foreigners treating the country as their ‘second home’ to be eligible for a VITAS. Further details are expected to be outlined in future government regulations.

This concise guide focuses on the essential aspects of the employment pass and visa process in Indonesia, making it easier for foreign workers and employers to navigate the requirements and regulations.