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The Importance of IMTA Work Permit in Indonesia


To Legally Live and Work in Indonesia, All Foreigners Need An IMTA

Foreigners who wish to work in Indonesia will require an IMTA, a work permit. The processing time for this permit is between 7 to 10 days.

Your IMTA will contain all your pertinent information. This includes the company of sponsorship, designation, your work location, address, and how long your permit is valid for.

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Sectors Not Eligible for IMTA

IMTA’s requirements are strict. Several job positions and business sectors are off-limits to foreigners as stipulated on the Decree of Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration No. 40 the Year 2012.

For example, you cannot obtain your IMTA if you work in the Human Resource Department.

Some industries are regulated in detail when it comes to using foreign manpower. This is under the Ministerial Decree rule. For example, if you’re in the Oil and Gas Industry, you cannot obtain a work permit for:

  • Legal department
  • Human resource department
  • Quality control inspection (Oil & Gas / ESDM Regulation No. 31, Year 2013, Article 4)
  • Health, safety and environment affairs
  • Supply chain management


This is as per Regulation No. 31, the Year 2013, issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.

If you work outside these sectors, you can apply for an IMTA.


Applying for Your IMTA Work Permit in Indonesia

You will be obligated to pay the Expatriate Placement Fee (DKP TKA) during your application process. The fee amounts to USD 100 monthly, or USD1,200 annually. The payment must be made to the Ministry of Manpower.

The amount that the company must pay will depend on the foreigner’s length of stay and how long they intend to work. A foreigner working for a period of 6-months would have to pay USD600 as an example. If the foreigner is staying for a 12-month work period, they need to pay USD 1,200. Normally an IMTA is valid for one year.

Required documents to obtain your IMTA:

  1. Evidence of DKPTKA (Dana Kompensasi Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing/Foreign Manpower Utilisation Compensation Fund Levy) payment through a government bank designated by the Minister.
  2. The decision of endorsement of RPTKA (Rencana Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing/Foreign Manpower Utilisation Plan) (not required for a shareholder who is a member of a Board of Directors or Board of Commissioners; a diplomatic or consular officer at an embassy and an employee of a government department designated by the relevant minister).
  3. Deed of Establishment and MOLHR Approval.
  4. NIB and other business licenses.
  5. Passport of the TKA (Tenaga Kerja Asing/Foreign Worker) to be employed.
  6. Colour photo of the TKA (size 4 x 6 cm).
  7. Appointment letter(s) of the Indonesian labour companion (TKI pendamping).
  8. Have education in accordance with the conditions of the position to be occupied by TKA.
  9. Have a competency certificate or have work experience in accordance with the position to be occupied by TKA for at least 5 (five) years.
  10. Draft work agreements or appointments for work.
  11. Proof of an insurance policy at an insurance company incorporated in Indonesia.
  12. Recommendations from authorized agencies if needed for TKA to be employed by TKA employers.


The submission of your IMTA application is through an online system.


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IMTA Work Permit in Indonesia