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    hello everyone, im new to this forum.... i just wondering is there anyone who doing a freelance work in jakarta either as a graphic designer, IT & Tech field, or others..

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    Be informed that it is illegal for a foreigner to do freelancer work in Indonesia .

    The Indonesian Work Law only allows a foreigner to work when hired by an Indonesia based company that will sponsor the foreigner for a Work Permit & Work Visa/Work KITAS . And only foreigners with at least 5 years work experience are eligible . Non compliance with these requirements is considered a crime (up to 5 years in jail + fine of up to Rp500 million) .

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    • #3
      But it is not illegal for Indonesian residents, isn't it?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by angelicajames View Post
        But it is not illegal for Indonesian residents, isn't it?

        The exceptions are only for :
        - foreigners holding KITAS (or KITAP) sponsored by the Indonesian spouse ,
        - foreigners holding ex-Indonesian KITAP , and
        - young Australians holding Indonesian Work & Holiday Visa

        For the majority of foreigners residing in Indonesia it is illegal to do freelancer work (including foreigners holding Work Visa/ Work KITAS/Work KITAP) .

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        • #5
          Originally posted by marcus View Post


          The exceptions are only for :
          - foreigners holding KITAS (or KITAP) sponsored by the Indonesian spouse ,
          - foreigners holding ex-Indonesian KITAP , and
          - young Australians holding Indonesian Work & Holiday Visa

          For the majority of foreigners residing in Indonesia it is illegal to do freelancer work (including foreigners holding Work Visa/ Work KITAS/Work KITAP) .

          I became a spouse kitas holder last year after I married my wife and have tried to read the immigration and manpower laws but are so confusing. This definitely helps to breathe a bit easier since
          I've been trying to set up a freelancing situation as a photographer/writer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Bsoepraba View Post
            (1) ... have tried to read the immigration and manpower laws but are so confusing.

            (2) This definitely helps to breathe a bit easier ...

            (1) In my view they are not confusing but the problem I see is that Indonesian Manpower Department seems not willing to "implement" Article 61 of the Immigration Law UU no.6 Year 2011 , so affected people end up without any official interpretation of the rules involved .

            (2) In reality my answer above should not be considered that easily . I put those words just to simplify the exceptions (already assuming the member who asked was not included in the exceptions , I would have to clarify that further if she/he said later she/he was included in the exceptions) .

            As you are one of those exceptions , let me clarify now :
            What I understand (from what some Manpower officers already told few years ago in a meeting with PERCA Indonesia - an association of spouses of foreigners) you should not work as freelancer theoretically but insteady work tied to your Indonesian spouse's small company (in practice it would be similar , but I think this is also benefic to you as it also solves the problem of tax - and I think your family ends up paying less income tax too) .

            You better discuss your specific case with the Manpower Department before start working as illegal working is a crime in Indonesia .

            http://tka-online.kemnaker.go.id/kontak.asp (how to contact Manpower)


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            UU no.13 , Year 2003 (Labor Law)
            CHAPTER VIII - EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKER
            ARTICLE 42
            (1) Every employer that employs foreign worker is under an obligation to obtain written permission from Minister (Work Permit) .
            (2) An employer who is an individual person is prohibited from employing foreign worker.
            ....

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            http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...esian-and-work (work under Article 61 of UU no.6/2011)

            http://www.livinginindonesiaforum.or...ponsored-kitas (working as freelancer with KITAS sponsored by Indonesian wife)
            Last edited by marcus; 10-03-20, 16:53.

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