The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Ministry of Manpower, and Ministry of Law and Human Rights have agreed to allow foreign nationals, other than those permitted to enter Indonesia under the Regulation of Minister of Law and Human Rights No. 11 of 2020, to apply for new work permits and enter Indonesia.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who wish to apply for a new work permit must have a Support Letter (Surat Dukungan) from the BKPM, and attach this to their applications for the Foreign Manpower Utilisation Plan (RPTKA) and Notification (or work permit) to the Ministry of Manpower. To obtain the Support Letter, the sponsoring company must submit a request letter to the BKPM.
    The request letter must:

    • Be addressed to the Head of BKPM.
    • Be signed by senior management (President Director/Managing Director/Director/CEO).
    • Provide the contact number of the contact person/person-in-charge for the application (an active mobile phone number is preferred).
    • Explain the urgency to hire the foreign national during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Provide details of the company’s investment activities (total investment value and project location) in relation to the hiring.
    • Provide details of the Indonesian Manpower Employment Plan.
    • Provide the company profile and details of the foreign national (e.g., name, valid passport number, nationality, and position pursuant to applicable regulations).
    • Confirm that both the sponsoring company and the foreign national are willing to follow the required health protocols in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Additional information: The request letter, together with supporting documents, must be submitted in hard-copy format to the BKPM Administrative Division (Tata Usaha) located at the BKPM Office, Ismail Saleh Building 2nd Floor, Jalan Gatot Subroto Kav. 44, South Jakarta.

If the application is approved, BKPM will issue the Support Letter within two working days. The applicant must then collect the Support Letter from the BKPM Administrative Division at the BKPM Office.

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