What is a Working KITAS (Index 312)

A Working KITAS is a work visa issued to expatriates that are here for contracted work or temporary work purposes.

When a foreign worker and his family arrives in Indonesia, the applicant will need to convert their VITAS visa, which should be applied for prior to entering Indonesia, and convert this to a KITAS ( Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas) or otherwise known as a Temporary Residency Permit.

A Working KITAS is commonly for 6 months to 12 months. This is the most common Working visa for foreign residents.

What type of entities can sponsor a Working KITAS

A Working KITAS is sponsored by an Indonesian entity, this can include Indonesian owned PT. Locals, Foreign owned PMA companies, Foreign Representative Offices (KPPA) and formal or not for profit institutions (Yayasan).

Sponsors of the Working KITAS applicants are legally responsible for the expatriate’s conduct during their time in Indonesia i.e., to pay charges and fines if the respective applicants do not have the ability to do so. It is important  for sponsors to be aware of these responsibilities.

Obtaining a Working KITAS

A working KITAS is commonly applied for 2 to 3 months prior to the expatriate’s arrival in Indonesia. The Jokowi administration is looking at ways to reduce visa processing times, but as of today, there are 3 key steps towards obtaining a Working Permit and Working KITAS.

Step 1: RPTKA and Working Permit

Before acquiring a Working KITAS, your company will need to obtain your RPTKA (employee employment plan), Depending on the position you are applying for, you may need an additional Expose interview. The interview is conducted by a Manpower officer via Skype. The interview should only last less than 5 minutes, however your company representative should be informed to prepare in advance, as any questions that the administrator is unable to answer will result in delays in your Working Permit process.

This interview is an important step towards determining if your IMTA (Ijin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing) which is your Work Permit, will be granted, and if so, for what duration.

Work Permit Fees – The Manpower office will issue a payment notice for the Work Permit tax to be paid. We recommend paying this fee directly to the bank, many unscrupulous agents will ask for this fee to be paid directly to them, and pocket this fee. After 7-14 working days of paying the workers tax, your work permit will be issued.

Step 2: Working KITAS TELEX and VITAS Application

A TELEX Visa is a calling visa which authorizes Indonesian Embassies abroad to issue a VITAS (Working Visa) and if the expatriates has a spouse or children, the dependants can apply for a TELEX visa for dependants. It is important to note that the TELEX for dependants can only be applied for after the expatriate’s TELEX is approved.

The TELEX application is submitted to the Directorate General’s office in Jakarta. Once the TELEX visa is issued, the applicant and their family members can apply for the VITAS at the designated Indonesian Embassy abroad.

Embassy regulations differ from country to country. It is important to contact the Embassy representatives prior to your visit, to ensure you have all you need for the VITAS application.

Step 3: Converting the VITAS to KITAS

Once you arrive back in Indonesia, you will not be able to leave until your KITAS conversion process is complete.

Upon entry, you have 30 days to apply for your working KITAS. The process can be done at an Immigration office closest to your residence.

The application process involves a photo and interview session. The process from start to finish should take around 14 working days. Once the process is done, your passport will be returned, and an electronic KITAS will be sent to you.

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