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Permission to Work

Denpasar Government Forming Teams to Catch Foreigners Working without Legal Permits

(4/6/2014) Metrobali.com reports that the municipality of Denpasar plans to soon taking action to enforce measure against illegal foreign workers in the Island’s capital.

Erwin Suryadharma, chief of the municipality's Manpower Office said on Saturday, April 5, 2014, “We will form enforcement teams involving the police and immigration.”

In addition to immigration and police elements, the enforcement teams will also include Denpasar’s Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) and officers from the Public Registry Office (Dinas Kependudukan dan Cataan Sipil).

Once in operation the teams will circulate the city checking the documentation and administration of foreign workers.

The team will be looking for foreigners working on tourists visas and not holding the required temporary stay permits (Kitas) and Work Permits (Izin Kerja).

Erwin said many illegal workers are employed as teachers at local schools and language centers. He pointed to the large number of international schools operating in Bali, claiming  each school employed between “12 and 20 foreigners.”

Erwin Suryadharma specifically mentioned a number of international schools operating in Bali, including Dyatmika, Taman Rama, Mahatma Gandhi, Daud and JB School.

Saying many of the teachers employed at international schools in Bali come form Australian and the United States, he reminded “foreigner can not join the teaching staff or assume any position before they hold the needed permits.”

He also pointed to the large number of Taiwanese working in the Island’s fishing industry at Benoa Harbor.