What is the change? Indonesia has introduced more stringent endorsement and signature requirements for foreign nationals applying for work permits.

What does the change mean? Applicants will be required to provide additional stamps or endorsements when submitting curriculum vitae, education certificates and reference letters in support of work permit applications.

  • Implementation timeframe: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work permits.
  • Who is affected: Employers and work permit applicants.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing could be delayed if the new requirements are not followed.
  • Business impact: The changes add additional administrative requirements that could slow a foreign national’s work permit application, especially if the new requirements are not followed.
  • Next steps: Employers and foreign nationals should be prepared to take additional steps to comply with the new requirements.

Background: The changes are the result of a new regulation. Documents subject to the new requirements include curriculum vitae, education certificates, and reference letters.

Curriculum vitae now require an official corporate stamp from the sponsoring employee, the applicant’s signature on each page, and an IDR 6,000 duty stamp. Education certificates must be stamped with an official corporate stamp, translated into Bahasa Indonesian or English, and accompanied by an IDR 6,000 duty stamp. Reference letters must be endorsed by a local sponsoring entity, stamped with the official corporate stamp of the employer, and accompanied by an IDR 6,000 duty stamp.

BAL Analysis: Employers should be prepared to gather and provide the required stamps and endorsements in order for their applications to be processed in a timely manner.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Indonesia. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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