Work Permits are only issued for jobs with higher qualifications
You can’t get a work permit for being a waiter or barman or even department head for a small hotel for example. The idea behind is, to protect the local work force and encourage that there is some transfer of knowledge from a foreigner to the local work force.
Do foreigners need a Work Visa to be employed in Bali, Indonesia?
YES. In order to be legally employed in Bali (Indonesia) a foreigner needs to have a valid work permit and temporary (or limited) stay permit. People often refer to the work permit simply as the KITAS, while this is not technically correct.
There are foreigners in Bali, who are working as tourist guides, yoga teachers, dive teachers, English teachers, real estate agents, even cooks etc without having a work permit. It is an illegal practice. There is a special task force in Bali with the sole purpose of finding illegal foreign workers. If one gets caught working illegally, they will usually get deported – and pay a fine (and the employer).
What is the KITAS? Common Confusion between Limited Stay Permit and the Work permit itself.
The KITAS is the temporary stay permit and the actual work permit is called IMTA (previously IKTA). They are both connected and issued at the same time.
When somebody asks you about KITAS, they will most likely refer to the work permit. The KITAS can be valid for either six months or 12 months and needs to be renewed. Previously a KITAS was valid for 12 months, but this has changed for a specific type of jobs.
How do I get a KITAS and IMTA for Bali Indonesia?
To get the KITAS & IMTA you have to be sponsored by the company you are going to work for. This company will have to APPLY for a KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Sementara) = Temporary Stay Permit Card and get the permit to hire you for a SPECIFIC job, for which you need to be qualified for. Your certificates and CV must relfect, that you are suitable for this position. More details about the requirements and process can be found below in this article.
Can I work with the KITAS anywhere in Bali or change employers?
No, you cannot work for anybody else, or do anything else for that matter. Your work permit is linked to the employer and to a specific job description. You are not allowed to work for anybody else or even in a position that is different from the one you are hired for. If you cvhange an employer, the entire process would have to be done again.
Is there a difference between KITAS and ITAS?
ITAS is the abbreviation of Limited Stay Permit, and KITAS is Limited Stay Permit CARD. Both are actually therefore the same, namely a temporary or limited stay visa in Indonesia. The only difference is that KITAS is a physical card, and ITAS is the permit itself. The “K” in KITAS stands for “Kartu” (which can nowadays be a simple printout on paper).
Can I can a KITAS as a shareholder of a local company?
Yes, you can get a KITAS as a shareholder of a local company as a foreigner. The KITAS is therefore then the limited stay permit which would NOT allow you to actively work in your company but it would allow you to stay in Indonesia. It’s not a work permit (IMTA).
More info on the Investor / Shareholder KITAS