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The Indonesian immigration office is making another move in their fight to stop foreigners from working illegally in Indonesia.
A temporary recommendation of the Immigration Service Office of Jakarta has been issued for internal use by the immigration officers in Badung District (the southern part of Bali). The recommendation is valid from October 20, 2015 until December 31, 2015.
Due to a lot of foreigners illegally working in Bali, the Immigration Head Office recommended the immigration officers to follow the instructions stipulating that foreigners who have two visas on arrival or one Social Visa during the past 12 months are not allowed entry in Indonesia again.
A rough translation of the letter in english:
Instructions----for the Head of Immigration Office Ngurah Rai
About----Raising the level of monitoring (checking) Foreigners in the region of the
Ngurah Rai Immigration Office.
Considering : a. The meeting on 17 October, between Komisi III DPR-RI +
several Tourism Organisations + Bali Police + Ministry of
Law & Human Rights Bali.
b. That in this meeting both the Tourism
Organisations and the Komisi III DPR-RI were complaining
about the lack of Monitoring/Checking of Foreigners and the
increasing number of expats who work illegally in the
Tourism Business in Bali.
c. That to assist and help the Immigration to
monitor/check foreigners (in the field), we need to further
enforce the powers that the Immigration has, like checking
foreigners in traffic and where in Indonesia foreigners are
Remembering : 1. Law number 6 of 2011 about Immigration
2. Government Rules number 31 of 2013 about the rules to
enforce the Law number 6 of 2011 about Immigration
3. Decision of Ministry of Justice and Human Rights Indonesia
in 1995 number M.02.PW.09.02 about "How" to monitor
Foreigners, submit complaints of Foreigners and actions of
4. Directive of General Director how to monitor/check
foreigners and actions of Immigration
5. Directive of General Director How to handle/what to do,
when a foreigner is reported by someone.
To : 1. Department head of monitoring and actions of Immigration.
2. Department head of Arrival and Entry of Immigration.
3. Department head of information and Communication.
4. Department head of Traffic and Immigration Status.
first : To Increase the monitoring and checking of foreigners we need great
effort and support from all departments and parties involved in this.
second : Increase monitoring/checking of all foreigners at the counter of
Immigration, especially for foreigners who within the past year have lived legally in Indonesia for 4 months using a VOA/free tourist-visa/free visit tourist. Except holders of ITAP/ITAS/Diplomatic/service/multiple-entry visa.
Third : increase monitoring/checking of every foreigner who has entered
Indonesia twice in less then 1 year, using a VOA/free tourist-visa/free
visit tourist. except holders of ITAP/ITAS/Diplomatic/service/multiple-entry visa.
Fourth : Increase monitoring/checking foreigners in the field, who work as
waiter/concierge of tours/concierge of businesses/tourguide/scuba
instructor/ or do any other work that could be done by a local.
Fifth : Each foreigner that falls into the above mentioned (point2 and 3)
category is to be denied entry into Indonesia at the Immigration-counter,
because he/she could potentially be working in Indonesia.
Sixth : Each foreigner who does something as mentioned at point 4, is hereby
to be taken into custody and handled administratively, and blacklisted.
seventh : To increase the performance of the Team working outside
(in the field), they may work together with other departments who
also have a task in monitoring/checking foreigners.
Eigth : The department of traffic and immigration status, can only renew a
ITAS/ITAP after the Department of monitoring/checking has verified
that the application to renew is based on the truth
Ninth : Collecting data and information by all departments, to enact an
operation monitoring/checking Immigration-status.
Tenth : All costs related to this Instruction will be paid for by the 2015 annual
budget of the Immigration Office Ngurah Rai.
Eleventh : This Instruction is to be carried out from this date till 31-12-2015.
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