What is the change? Indonesian immigration authorities now require applications for KITAS (stay permits) in certain locations to be lodged online.

What does the change mean? In some jurisdictions, KITAS applications must be submitted online with a copy of the foreign employee’s passport, visa sticker and arrival stamp.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing. The online process launched during the first week of February.
  • Visas/permits affected: KITAS (stay permits).
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals who will be working in Indonesia.
  • Business impact: The change may result in longer application processing times during the transition to the new procedure, but the online system should eventually streamline the process.
  • Next steps: Employers should be aware of the new requirement when planning to hire foreign nationals in the country.

Background: Previously, the KITAS and Multiple Exit Re-Entry Permit (MERP) applications were filed manually at the Immigration Office where the foreigner was to be based. However, authorities have recently started requiring KITAS and MERP applications to be lodged online once the individual has arrived in the country. This online process is only currently applicable in the JABODETABEK Area: DKI Jakarta, Bogor (West Java), Depok (West Java), Tangerang (West Java), and Bekasi (West Java). Once the application has been lodged, the system will issue an electronic confirmation notice that the foreign employee must retain to complete the stay permit authorization process in person.

BAL Analysis: This new step in the process aims to improve authorities’ monitoring of foreigners who are working in the country. Although this change has only been implemented in some areas, it may be adopted in other locations. Authorities could also revert to the old process without notice.

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