UK Eases Visa Requirements for Employees of Selected Companies in Indonesia

NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Jakarta. Britain launched a new service on Thursday for selected companies in Indonesia to ease the process of obtaining UK visas for their employees.

Under the Select Business Scheme, employees of the approved companies can reduce the documentary requirements as they only need to submit a valid passport and an official employment letter alongside their visa application.

The companies can apply for two-, five- and 10-year visas without requiring prior travel to Britain.

Aside from simplifying the documentary requirements, companies will also receive additional services, including personal contact with immigration officials and regular updates on their visa applications.

The visa scheme only applies to companies that have been invited by UK Visas and Immigration or the Department of International Trade.

Among the companies are local units of British firms and local companies that have business connections or representation in Britain.

"The initiative demonstrates that the UK is open for business. We look forward to welcoming more Indonesians to collaborate with business in the UK," British Ambassador Moazzam Malik said.

Last year, the UK government issued 55,000 visas to Indonesian citizens, of which 50,000 were short-term and study visas.

"We are transforming the visas and immigration service and new initiatives, such as this Select Business Scheme, will make the UK an even more attractive destination to visit, for study or to do business," Dominique Hardy, regional director for Asia Pacific at UK Visas and Immigration, told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday.

"The aim of the scheme is to make the visa process easier. And as the result of the ease [of visa processing], we hope that we will close the perception that sometimes exists in Indonesia and other markets that it is difficult to apply for a [UK] visa," Hardy said.

Malik said the visa scheme is the part of a program to strengthen the connection and build a closer relationship between the Britain and Indonesia.

"With Brexit coming along, we are very keen to accelerate collaboration with the big Asian economies, and Indonesia is one of those, which has a big future ahead of it. As we come out of the European Union, we are redoubling our focus on Asia and Indonesia particularly. This scheme is one part of a wide range of those efforts," the ambassador said.

Malik said Indonesia is the third country in Asia after China and India where Britain has implemented such a scheme.

The companies are:

  • Bank HSBC Indonesia
  • Standard Chartered Indonesia
  • Prudential Indonesia
  • Unilever Indonesia
  • BMT Asia Pacific Indonesia
  • KPMG Indonesia
  • Mott MacDonald Indonesia
  • Anggreko Energy Services Indonesia
  • Coventry University
  • Diageo
  • Wira Pamungkas Pariwara
  • Sinar Mas Group
  • Kereta Api Indonesia
  • Jakarta Propertindo
  • Serba Dinamik Indonesia
  • Kapal Api
  • AstraZaneca Indonesia
  • ICB Indonesia
  • Swire Properties
  • BP Indonesia
  • Rolls Royce
  • Santoso Jaya Abadi