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Jakarta Post

Three expat teachers detained in Balikpapan for visa violations

  • N. Adri

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan   /   Sat, October 20, 2018   /   01:46 pm
Three expat teachers detained in Balikpapan for visa violations Indonesian visa (Shutterstock/File)

Three foreign nationals at an international school in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan, are being detained by immigration for allegedly violating their visa conditions.

Two South Africans Ayesha Ibrahim, 49, and Simone Milward, 36, as well as Canadian David Breckenridge, 36, are being detained at an immigration detention center in Lamaru subdistrict in the provincial capital city.    

Milward and Breckenridge are English teachers at Raffles Independent School (RIS) while Ibrahim was in a teaching training program at the school.

“I should have returned to my country on October 15,” said Ibrahim who is locked up for 23 hours and only allowed to go outside for an hour in the afternoon.

An investigator at the Balikpapan Immigration Office, Andi Febrinaldy, said the three had been named suspects for visa violations.

“They entered on a tourist visa, they should have attained a Visa 312 [work visa],” he said.

RIS school administrator Tony David Gahegan said Milward and Breckenridge had attained the necessary work permits. What is lacking is a telex visa to proceed to temporary stay permit (KITAS).

“The school as their sponsor has scheduled the document registration in the last week of October,” he said. (wit)