Working KITAS C312

A KITAS is a Temporary Residency Permit Card and is generally mistaken for an Indonesian work permit. It isn’t.

The KITAS (or ITAS) is a temporary stay permit, used if you are working in Indonesia. It is valid for the length of time you are employed, which is usually between six and twelve months.  This is a multiple entry visa, so you can leave the country and come back as many times as you need while your KITAS is valid.

KITAS regulations are clearly defined; a work visa is only ever issued for a specific position in a specifically identified company, which means you cannot work in several companies or in different positions at the same time.

You’ll also need something called an IMTA, which is a Temporary Expatriate Work Permit or Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing and it’s different to your stay permit. Approval is from the Ministry of Manpower rather than immigration. The IMTA costs USD 100-per month, paid up front, and it can be a lengthy process to get one. 

As with a Business Visa, Retirement Visa, Spousal KITAS and KITAP you’ll need a sponsor to apply for your KITAS, but please note you need to be sponsored by an Indonesian company or foreign company. Private, individual sponsorships are not allowed, except for a Spousal KITAS.

KITAS holders can open bank accounts, get insurance and buy cars or motorbikes.  You’ll also have to pay taxes.

Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA)

Before you can apply for the KITAS and IMTA you’ve got have something called an RPTKA (Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing), which is an expatriate placement plan. This is essentially approval from the Ministry of Manpower to hire you for a specific position in a specific company.

If you are a shareholder, Diplomatic and Consular staff, or engaging in certain types of  government work, you don’t need the RPTKA.

How To Get Your RPTKA

To get your RPTKA, you’ll need:

  • An RPTKA application form.
  • A letter with complete details of the hiring reasons and specific positions the foreigner will take place.
  • A copy of the company’s incorporation document.
  • A tax number (NPWP) and the company’s business license (SIUP.)
  • For education, transportation, oil, gas, and mining organizations, letters of recommendation from a technical ministry must be included.
  • Wajib Lapor Ketenagakerjaan (WLK) annual reports to the labour department, which states the numbers of foreign and local employees.
  • Company organization chart.
  • A copy of the ID card (KTP) from an Indonesian work colleague.

Temporary Expatriate Work Permit or Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing (IMTA)

After a company receives an RPTKA, they can apply for your work permit (IMTA.)

The IMTA is valid for up to 12-months depending on the expatriate placement plan. Please note that the IMTA only applies to the person being employed. It doesn’t apply to your spouse or children.

Payment for the IMTA is USD 100-per month for DKP-TKA (Development Funds in Exchange of Hiring a Foreign Worker) for the length of time allocated on the RPTKA and is paid up-front.

Once you have your IMTA you can legally work in Indonesia.

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These are answers to questions we get asked the most about company set ups. If your question isn't here, drop us a line.

Of course. To do so, you need to engage with a local nominee service provider.
Yes, this particularly applies to import and export businesses. Instead of establishing a company, you can use an undername import service, also known as importer of record.
It should take between 1 to 1.5 months. For speedy incorporation, you can choose a shelf company (ready-made company) instead.
Yes. A joint venture company can be in the form of PT PMA (foreign company) or PT (local company). Requirements for each establishment are different.
Business Registration Number is proof that a company, regardless of type, is legally registered in Indonesia. A company that does not have a Business Registration Number may have to face dissolution.

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Ridwan Jasin Zachrie

CFO of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Ridwan is one of Indonesia’s top executives with a long and illustrious career in the financial world. He holds several professional certifications including being a Certified Business Valuer (CBV) issued by the Australian Academy of Finance and Management; Broker-Dealer Representative (WPPE); and The Directorship Certification for Directors and Commissioners, issued by the Indonesian Institute of Commissioners and Directors.

His experience includes being the Managing Director at one of the top investment banking groups in the region, the Recapital Group, the CFO at State-owned enterprises in fishery industry and the CEO at Tanri Abeng & Son Holding. He’s also been an Independent Commissioner in several Financial Service companies and on the Audit and Risk Committee at Bank BTPN Tbk, Berau Coal Energy Tbk, Aetra Air Jakarta as well as working for Citibank, Bank Mandiri and HSBC. His last position was as CFO at PT Citra Putra Mandiri – OSO Group.

Ridwan has won a number of prestigious awards including the Best CFO Awards 2019 (Institute of Certified Management Accountant Australia-Indonesia); Asia Pacific Young Business Leader awarded by Asia 21 Network New York USA (Tokyo 2008); UK Alumni Business Awards 2008 awarded by the British Council; and The Most Inspiring Human Resources Practitioners’ version of Human Capital Magazine 2010.

He’s a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alumni Association of the Faculty of Law, Trisakti University, Co-Founder of the Paramadina Public Policy Institute and actively writes books, publications and articles in the mass media. He co-authored “Korupsi Mengorupsi Indonesia” in 2009, which helps those with an interest in understanding governance in Indonesia and the critical issue of corruption. Ridwan speaks Indonesian and English.

Per Fredrik Ecker

Managing Director of Seven Stones Indonesia, Jakarta

Per is the Managing Director of the Seven Stones Indonesia (SSI) Jakarta office and has more than 25-years’ experience in Indonesia, China, and Western Europe. He previously worked in senior management positions with Q-Free ASA, Siemens AG, and other companies in the telecom sector. Over the last six years, he has been the Chairman of the Indonesia-Norway Business Council (INBC) and recently become elected to be on the board of EuroCham Indonesia.

His most recent experience is within Intelligent Transport Solutions (ITS), Telecom, and other sectors within the Indonesian market. He is today through his position in SSI and by representing Norway Connect, promoting Nordic and European companies that would like to explore business opportunities in the Indonesian market. He’s also playing an active role to help create the Nordic House concept in Jakarta that will provide an excellent platform for Nordic companies entering Indonesia, where they’ll find a community that can offer support with trusted information and affordable services to enter this market.

Andrzej Barski

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Andrzej is Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia. He was born in the UK to Polish parents and has been living in Indonesia for more than 33-years. He is a skilled writer, trainer and marketer with a deep understanding of Indonesia and its many cultures after spending many years travelling across the archipelago from North Sumatra to Irian Jaya.

His experience covers Marketing, Branding, Advertising, Publishing, Real Estate and Training for 5-Star Hotels and Resorts in Bali and Jakarta, which has given him a passion for the customer experience. He’s a published author and a regular contributor to local and regional publications. His interests include conservation, eco-conscious initiatives, spirituality and motorcycles. Andrzej speaks English and Indonesian.

Terje H. Nilsen

Director of Seven Stones Indonesia

Terje is from Norway and has been living in Indonesia for over 20-years. He first came to Indonesia as a child and after earning his degree in Business Administration from the University of Agder in Norway, he moved to Indonesia in 1993, where he has worked in leading positions in education and the fitness/ wellness industries all over Indonesia including Jakarta, Banjarmasin, Medan and Bali.

He was Co-owner and CEO of the Paradise Property Group for 10-years and led the company to great success. He is now Co-owner/ Founder and Director of Seven Stones Indonesia offering market entry services for foreign investors, legal advice, sourcing of investments and in particular real estate investments. He has a soft spot for eco-friendly and socially sustainable projects and investments, while his personal business strengths are in property law, tourism trends, macroeconomics, Indonesian government and regulations. His personal interests are in sport, adventure, history and spiritual experiences.

Terje’s leadership, drive and knowledge are recognised across many industries and his unrivalled network of high level contacts in government and business spans the globe. He believes you do good and do well but always in that order. Terje speaks English, Indonesian and Norwegian.