The Jakarta Post
British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik (right) launches tailored visa services for businesses in Jakarta, Nov. 22 (JP/Muthi Kautsar)
UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) together with the British Embassy in Jakarta announced the launch of a new initiative regarding visa and immigration services on Thursday at the residence of the British Ambassador to Indonesia.
The new initiative, called "Select Business Scheme", will be available to employees of eligible companies whose representatives were present at the launch.
"Select Business Scheme" itself is a streamlined and tailored visa application process that reduces documentary requirements. Employees of member companies are only required to submit a valid passport and official employment letter alongside their application.
Dominique Hardy, UKVI's regional director for Asia Pacific said that with 55,000 visas issued in the past year, Indonesia was one of the United Kingdom's largest and fastest growing visa markets in Asia-Pacific.
'We hope the scheme will demonstrate our own swerving commitment in providing world class visa services to match," said Dominique.
As per the initiative launch, the scheme is open to companies who have been invited by UKVI or the Department for International Trade.
Moazzam Malik, the British ambassador to Indonesia, said he was delighted to launch the Select Business Scheme in Indonesia.
"The 23 companies that are represented today, are the companies who either have an existing relationship between the UK and Indonesia, or companies for whom we believe there is a strong future in building ties between the UK and Indonesia. So we've taken all the care for choosing 23 partners for this. Some of these are British companies who have a local presence and are being active in business for a long time in Indonesia, companies like Prudential or WPP or BP, but there are also a whole range of Indonesian companies that are big names in Indonesia, or businesses that are becoming regional and global businesses, and these are the companies that are going to lead Indonesia into the economic success that it is destined for in the 21st century," said Malik.
Among the Indonesian companies on the list are PT Unilever Indonesia, PT Kereta Api Indonesia and PT Santosa Jaya Abadi (Kapal Api Group).
Employees of companies eligible for the Select Business Scheme are also welcome to apply for a two-, five- or ten-year long-term visitor visa without previous travel required.
They would be able to use the visa for multiple entries and different purposes, such as business trips, seminars, training and even holidays.
According to Hardy, Indonesia was the third country in Asia-Pacific to have been granted the Select Business Scheme, following China and India.