Indonesia – Restrictions on Third Party Involvement

What has changed

On November 7, 2016, the Indonesian Immigration authorities issued a regulation indicating that visas/work permit applications cannot be represented by a third party agent; the applicant and the company sponsor will have to apply directly with the respective immigration authorities for the required visas/permits. This regulation will go into effect November 14, 2016.

Previously, third party representation by agents on behalf of the company/applicant for application submission, follow-up, and collections at the immigration authorities was permissible.

Who is affected?

  • All clients with expats moving to Indonesia

What to expect

Given this new regulation, until an amendment or modification on this is issued by the authorities, Emigra Worldwide’s scope of service for Indonesia case-work will be limited to providing guidance and assisting with application preparation and collation. All submissions, collections, and interactions with the authorities will need to be conducted by the representative employee or by HR from the sponsoring entity in Indonesia.

The immigration firms in Indonesia have appealed against the regulation via the Chamber of Commerce and are awaiting a decision on the possible reversal of the regulation.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide can provide guidance and assistance with application preparation and collation, but all interactions with the authorities must be done by the employee or by HR until further notice.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.