Updates on the Suspension of the Licenses Service for the Use of Foreign Workers

On 8 April 2020, the Minister of Manpower (“Minister”) issued a Circular Letter Number M/4/HK.04/IV/2020 concerning the Service for the Use of Foreign Workers in regards to Prevent the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak (“Circular Letter“). The key points of this Circular Letter are as follows:

  1. The Minister suspends the application process for the new applicant of Foreign Workers Permits;
  2. The suspension as mentioned at number 1 is excluded for the use of Foreign Workers to the following requirements:
    • The Foreign Worker who assigned for the National Strategic Project under the Indonesian laws and regulation; and
    • The holders of residence permits located in the territory of Indonesia.
  3. For foreign workers who have worked and located in Indonesia, both in the short term and long term and could not return to their country due to the lock-down policy implemented in origin country, then the Permit for the Use of Foreign Workers could be extended based on the request from the Employers.
  4. This Circular Letter is valid until the relevant government official states that the COVID-19 pandemic ends.

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