The city administration will launch on Wednesday a 10-day operation cracking down on expatriates living in Jakarta without the appropriate papers.

“The main targets of this operation are the companies that employ foreign nationals,” head of the City Population and Civil Registration Agency, Franky Mangatas Panjaitan, told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

A team of officials from the population agency, City Manpower Agency, Immigration Office and the police will carry out the inspections, city secretary Muhayat said.

According to data held by the population agency, Jakarta is home to 49,000 foreign nationals with extendable visit permits and 5,000 permanent residents who have lived here for more than five years in a row.

Inspections will be carried out in Central Jakarta, where there are reportedly 12,045 foreign nationals, on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mohammad Hatta, head of the Central Jakarta municipal population agency, said his office usually inspected foreign nationals’ permits once a year.

The aim of the operation is to control the city population and to detect any foreign nationals staying the city illegally, he said.

“Not all foreign nationals have good intentions,” he said. “Some smuggle drugs and others become strippers.”

He said every foreign worker must hold a passport, visitor identity card (KIP) for foreign nationals issued by the administration, a temporary stay permit (KITAS) issued by the immigration office, a working license (IKTA) from the manpower agency and a letter of self-report (SMD) from the police.

He said the officers would visit companies that employed expatriates to check the documents.
“If any documents are missing, we will ask them to process them. During the inspections, we will set up a unit in the agency office on Jl. S. Parman to provide services for making documents. If any expatriates don’t have a KITAS, they can be deported,” he said.

He said companies could face penalties if they employed foreign nationals without all the required documentation.

Those found guilty of not adhering to the rules can face Rp 5 million in fines or 3 months in prison.

Kenneth, an Australian, said the inspection opera-tion could be a source of corruption.

The Jakarta Post