KITAS (Indonesia Work Visa) Application Process: 6 Simple Tips

What is a KITAS and how do I apply for one?

Applying for an Indonesian work visa or KITAS might seem complicated to the inexperienced foreigner. It might even be tempting to just hand over everything to an agent. But this probably isn’t a good idea; you should still have at least a basic understanding of things to watch out for.

Below, we’ll give you some ideas on how to simplify your KITAS application process.

Choose your agents carefully.

It’s better to go with agents who are transparent and proven to be trustworthy rather than the ones who just promise to get you an Indonesia work permit faster.

Faster processes might come at the cost of circumventing regulations or providing false information in your application. This might get you a KITAS quicker but will probably come back to haunt you in the future.

Make sure you and your company are always updated.

Whenever an agent is submitting a document on your behalf, make sure you read it and understand what it means. It’s even better if you can do it yourself or have your sponsor company take care of it.

For example, the Ministry of Manpower might contact your Indonesia work visa sponsors to confirm that your job description and location are correct. So, it’s always a good idea to keep things transparent between you and your company.

Review your KITAS data carefully.

Indonesia work permit requirements can be quite complex and specific. If you’re using an agent, make sure the data that they input is correct.

Remember that the data for your exit permit (EPO) or KITAS extension needs to be consistent with the data in your work permit application. Even minor mistakes like misspelled addresses might cause problems.

Make sure your reported job position is accurate.

Regulations are particularly strict about this because the reported job positions of KITAS applicants determine how long they’re allowed to stay in Indonesia. Some agents, for example, might try to speed up your work permit application by inputting titles that are different from your real job description.

If you’re found to be doing full-time work outside of your official reported job position, you could face legal consequences or get your Indonesian work visa revoked.

Save the original copies of your documents.

Make sure your agent provides you with the original copies of Indonesian work permit requirements like your foreign worker employment plan (RPTKA), police, and civil registration. You’re going to need all the documents you submitted for your KITAS application to get an EPO (exit permit) or a KITAS extension.

Always plan months in advance.

As we said, an Indonesia work visa can be a pain to take care of and you should always prepare for unforeseen circumstances. The process generally takes about two months, but it’s better to start as early as possible. Make sure you have time to respond to technical glitches, missing documents, or bureaucratic human errors.

What’s next?

We know it can be hard to choose a good agent, especially with sensitive things like work visas. Good news – Greenhouse Connect will provide a selection of curated service providers for various sectors, including immigration. You’ll also have a dashboard giving you a clear view of the entire process, making sure nothing slips your mind.

Check out more about Greenhouse Connect.