Breaking: New Positions Open for Foreign Workers in Indonesia
Table of contents Three key changes to knowRestrictions lifted on management levelLimitations removed for directorsUnregulated professions are now coveredForeign chefs can extend their stayNew available positions New impresario rolesRelated articles on how to sponsor a foreign national in IndonesiaPlan on working in Indonesia now that the required job positions are accessible?As of August 27, 2019, […]
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As of August 27, 2019, the Indonesian Government has taken another step on a path towards a more open environment for international business and foreign investment.
A new set of regulations lifts restrictions on a wide variety of positions that foreigners can hold in all business classifications. In this article, we elaborate on what changed and which positions have now become available for foreign workers.
- Commissioner and director titles can now be held by a foreigner in all business classifications
- General manager titles for foreign nationals are now open for all business classifications except HR
- Previous limitations on foreign nationals have been lifted, and working definitions expanded
All previous general manager positions that were not regulated for foreign employment are now open to be held by foreigners – in all business classifications.
This means if you worked or planned to work in a sector such as legal, or finance, where a management level position was restricted or unregulated, you can now hold this title and legally obtain a visa in Indonesia.
The only exception is for positions in human resources, which are still a restricted area for foreign and expatriate workers in Indonesia.
Two changes affect the highest level of the corporate commissioner and director positions in a company. First, these titles may now be held by foreigners in all business classifications.
Second, commissioners and directors who are shareholders in the company may now be eligible for both a work permit and an investor visa.
These changes make it easier for the highest level positions in a company to be held by foreigners in all types of business.
Work classifications that were not specifically regulated are now included in the list of permitted roles for foreigners. This includes legal consultants, legal advisors, and accountants. If you are working or planning to work in one of these areas you are now eligible to receive a working visa.
Foreign nationals looking into chef jobs in Indonesia should know that their positions are now extendable. Up until the current regulation update, foreign chefs were only eligible to work for up to a maximum of two years, without the possibility to request an extension.
New available positions
Not only have the previous restrictions on positions that are open to foreigners been revoked, but the list of positions for all business classifications has been expanded to include management and advisory level positions.
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New Management Roles
Work activities that fall under the impresario business classification have been expanded considerably, allowing foreigners to apply for a work permit from a much wider range of roles in entertainment, leisure, and coaching.
Visas can now be provided in a much wider range of professions by specifically registered and licensed impresario companies that organize, finance and operate concerts, plays, events and special sport or artistic endeavors.
The list of supported positions has expanded from the original 17 approved roles below – with 29 new ones – to a much wider scope of up to 46 approved working titles that can obtain a visa under an impresario company:
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Do you fit one of the new entertainment and recreational categories? You may qualify for an Impresario Work and Stay Permit (KITAS), allowing you to work in Bali legally as a trainer or performer, sponsored by Emerhub.
If you would like to learn more about applying for a work permit in Indonesia, we recommend reading about how to use corporate registration for KITAS visa sponsorship , and how you can take advantage of Emerhub’s Employer of Record service for your visa sponsorship without having to register a new company.
Emerhub helps you stay up to date with the latest regulatory changes and information on how to work in Indonesia legally. Note that it is important to start preparing for your visa application well in advance of your travels.
Schedule a meeting with our consultants now to compile your visa application and pick-up schedule. Our Emerhub team in Bali and Jakarta is available for immediate assistance by contacting us through the form below.
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