INDONESIAAugust 19, 2015

The Indonesian Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has internally announced that the new Regulation #16, 2015 will most likely amend the lengthy Work and Residence Authorization application process. This announcement has not yet been issued publicly, and the intended date of implementation remains unknown at the time of this writing.

Eight-Step Immigration Process

Currently, the standard Indonesian work and residence permit process includes eight (8) primary application steps, many of which rely upon application approvals from the previous steps in order to be approved themselves. The first five (5) steps are completed in the pre-departure phase of the application process:

1. Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA);
2. Recommendation by the Manpower Department (TA-01 Approval) – based upon the approval of the RPTK;
3. Visa (VBS/Vitas) Telex Approval – based upon approval of the TA-01;
4. Residence Visa Application – requires telex approval;
5. DPKK Payment and Work Permit (IMTA) Application – based upon approval of the VBS.

What’s Changed?

In the new Regulation #16, 2015, however, it appears as though the IMTA application will be based upon the approval of the RPTKA and the Visa Telex issuance will be based upon the approval of the IMTA. While this has not yet been explicitly confirmed by the MOM, this would mean that the TA-01 step would no longer be required during the whole of the application process.

Thus, the new pre-departure application steps are anticipated to look as such:

1. Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA);
2. DPKK Payment and Work Permit (IMTA) Application – based upon the approval of the RPTK;
3. Visa (VBS/Vitas) Telex Approval – based upon approval of the IMTA;
4. Residence Visa Application – requires telex approval.

As the Indonesian authorities have yet to confirm either the details of this change or the intended date of implementation, the above process steps are still subject to changes. Pro-Link GLOBAL’s local KGNM Correspondent Offices in Indonesia have advised that employers should continue to follow the current eight-step Work and Residence authorization process as outlined in Regulation #12, 2013.

ACTION ITEMS FOR EMPLOYERS
Employers in Indonesia should take note of these upcoming changes, which should ultimately positively impact the lengthy immigration process in Indonesia, while also keeping in mind that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) may amend the details of this change before it is made official. Pro-Link GLOBAL continues to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as they are made official.

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