Many people want to live and work in Bali. Below we have some of the most frequently asked questions about work visas in Bali.


How many work visas/KITAS do I need if I work in two different companies?

You only need one work visa. However, you must have a notification, a type of work permit, from each of the companies.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to qualify for a work visa in Bali?

Yes. Unless you hold a director or commissioner position in the company, you will need at least a bachelor’s degree.

Can I take my nanny and my elderly parents with me?

Yes, however, nannies and parents do not qualify for the dependent stay permit.
If your parents are above 55 years of age, they can apply for a retirement visa. Nannies can apply for a manager/advisor visa. Alternatively, you can use Emerhub’s employer of record service.

Do I need to earn a salary if I have a work visa/KITAS?


What is the liability of the local guarantor?

The guarantor will act as the contact of immigration they need to reach you. Also, the local guarantor may be liable for the actions of an expat.

Does the guarantor have to be an employee of my company?

No. But your guarantor must be an Indonesian citizen.

How many Indonesians must be working in my company to sponsor work visas?

You must have 10 Indonesian employees for every foreign employee whose work visa you will sponsor. This does not apply to foreign investors, directors, and commissioners. They must be an Indonesian guarantor instead.

Is the work visa/KITAS extendable?

If your work visa/KITAS is valid for 1 year, it is extendable. Otherwise, it is not extendable.

Is there a guarantee that I will get a work visa that is valid for one year?

Only if you will be holding a director or commissioner position in the company. For other job titles, the length of validity is up to the Ministry of Manpower.

Can I get a work visa that is valid for only three months?

Yes, the minimum validity of a work visa is 1 month.

Do I need to leave Indonesia to extend my work visa in Bali?

No, the process to extend your visa happens in the local immigration office in Bali.

Where do I have to be during the process of application for a work visa/KITAS?

It doesn’t matter, you can be in Indonesia or a different country. However, Indonesian authorities will send the telex approval to an Indonesian embassy outside of Indonesia.
You must collect the telex within two months from the date of issue and be in Indonesia within 30 days.
The telex approval is your temporary stay permit.

What are the chances that my application will be rejected?

As long as you submit all the required documents, you will most likely get a work visa. But note that the Ministry of Manpower has full discretion to approve or reject applications.

Can I get a work visa as a hairdresser or a photographer?

These positions are currently not open to foreign workers. You may get in touch with our consultants to learn more about positions available to foreigners.

What can I do if I have a work visa/KITAS and I am a director of the company?

You may perform managerial functions. As such, you cannot perform other duties such as catering to restaurant guests or selling to customers.

What is the difference between a working visa and an investor visa?

You can get an investor visa if you are a shareholder in a foreign-owned company in Indonesia. You must also have at least IDR 1 billion (approx. USD 70,000) worth of shares in the company to qualify for the investor KITAS. You do not need to own shares to qualify for a working visa.
Investor visas are valid for two years. On the other hand, the length of the validity of a working visa depends on the decision of the Ministry of Manpower.
Additionally, holders of working visas must pay USD 1,200 per year towards the Employee Development Fund. You do not need to pay this if you have an investor visa.

What is the validity of a dependent stay permit?

The validity of a dependent stay permit is usually the same as the validity of the sponsor’s stay permit.
However, some investors may get visas that are valid for 2 years. Only qualified investors can get visas valid for this long. In cases like this, the validity of their dependents’ stay permits is 1 year and is extendable.

What happens if my visa/KITAS expires?

You need to cancel your visa even if it is already expired.
Emerhub’s consultants recommend canceling your KITAS before leaving Indonesia if you will not be back before its expiry. Not completing the cancellation process can cause issues when re-entering Indonesia and re-applying for a new KITAS.

When should I start the visa extension process?

Start the process 2.5-3 months before the expiration date to have enough time for the whole process.

I hold a director position in my company and I live most of the year in Indonesia. Do I have to apply for a stay permit/KITAS?


How many working visas can a company sponsor?

There is no set number of working visas a company can sponsor. The Ministry of Manpower decides on the number based on the company’s needs. It is worth noting that there is no limit for the number of directors or commissioners in a company.

Can a foreign-owned company sponsor more work visas than a fully Indonesian-owned company?

No, the Ministry of Manpower determines the number of work visas a company can sponsor.

How soon can I get a permanent stay permit (KITAP)?

A director, commissioner, or investor of a foreign-owned company in Indonesia may apply for KITAP if he or she has held the same role in the same company for the last four years. The same applies to the president director of a local company.

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