Voluntary Repatriation of Indonesian Workers

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asked on Mar 1, 2015 at 01:32
edited on Feb 1, 2017 at 05:38
I have just done a voluntary repatriation for an ex-employee who is safely back in her 'kampung' in Indonesia, Central Java. I shall describe the procedure for the benefit of those in a dilemma on how to send their workers back legally without being exploited by so called Agents of blood.

With effective 8th February 2015, the repatriation process is done by a company known as IMAN, located at the 3rd floor of the Wangsa Maju Immigration Centre Kuala Lumpur. It is no longer conducted at PUTRAJAYA.


Step 1
Bring your worker to the Indonesian Embassy to get a SPLP (exit passport valid for 6 months).  Costs: RM15/xx

Step 2
Buy a valid air ticket direct to a airport nearest to their 'kampung'. 3 weeks (10 to 14 working days)

Step 3
Register at IMAN.

1. IMAN charges ------------------------------------ RM380
2. Insurance for air travel ------------------------ RM 20
3. Special Pass (exit/outpass) --------------------- RM100 (valid for 2 weeks)
4. Immigration Compound for Voluntary Repatriation - RM300
Total ---------------------------------------------- RM800

Filling the forms at IMAN is simple as ABC. Name, address at Indonesia. Nominee for air travel insurance, applicant contact number in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and at 'kampung' in Indonesia. Allow 3-4 working days for passport to come out from PUTRAJAYA back to IMAN/Wangsa Maju.

That is ALL. Agents are charging RM1,600-1,900 just to do it for employers. Nevertheless the applicant must be at the Immigration centre to do biometric finger printing twice, one at IMAN and the 2nd time at Immigration Malaysia. No agents or employers can be present at inside immigration. It is direct, simple, no questions ask about who are ex employers, and no fear, NO CHEATS! Just RM800/xx ONLY.
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answered on Jul 31, 2015 at 04:22
edited Feb 1, 2017 at 07:22

She was banned for 6 months, so I was told. But she is not coming back.

But at IMAN, I was told that when you bring your maid there (No Agent), they can process your application as an employer (For maids only at that time) by the paying of fees for around RM6,800. Now they could have increased slightly. However your maid has still got be deported but at that time they say can bring back in 3 months. It is better to wait and bring the same one back because she has got experience and your family may like her.

Otherwise, they can bring you a brand new one in shorter time, but as the norm is.. sometimes young and new to work as a maid. (sometimes your wife can get jealous).

Since your current maid has a valid passport but "overstay", it could be easier to bring her back.

What I understand from IMAN is that they will train her in Kuala Lumpur (KL) and then send her back to complete the immigration process. Who knows, after 6 months in existence (IMAN), maybe even no need to be send back. The best is to go direct to IMAN without your maid, make firm enquiry then only bring your maid there for documentation process.

Hope this helps.

Appreciate for your update if successful so that this will help others in similar situation.
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answered on Nov 14, 2015 at 18:15
Any new updates. I have same issue with my maid.
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answered on Jan 23, 2017 at 18:05
edited Feb 1, 2017 at 07:17

There is an amnesty on for over-stayers and workers from THE PHILIPPINES. Go approach the Embassy.

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answered on Oct 29, 2017 at 06:39

I have read all the information in this thread. I just want to know if my indonesian maid overstays in Malaysia for more than 3 years. I am thinking to send her back and rehire her again with valid permit. Is that possible to be done via IMAN and she will just be banned for 3 months ? Thank you so much. 
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answered on Oct 29, 2017 at 06:50
edited Nov 17, 2017 at 10:07
The repatriation was an amnesty conducted 3 years ago. Go check with IMAM. Did she have a valid working permit before? If she has/had, try the "Re-hiring" program if it is still on. 

At current 3+1 Voluntary Surrender, it is a 5 years BAN.

How did she come in last time? By "tongkang"? If she came in by air, was her biometric finger printing done by Airport Immigration? If not, ask her to take risks to go Medan and go home. NOT  during monsoon season please.

In January next year, employer can take  MAIDS  direct from Indonesia without the need for agents again. IMAM may have to close shop too. However, the home ministry is still debating on this move. Apparently employers can stand to save around RM10,000 on hiring cost for a 2 year contract. Yes RM10K, no mistake..!!
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answered on Oct 29, 2017 at 14:21
Whoa. Thanks for your quick response. 

She came to Malaysia with the unlicensed indoensia agents. No, she just had a tourist visa. She came in by air with the agents. 

Yeah. I saw that news from budget 2018 Malaysia. However, I'm a bit confused with it. Where can we find indonesia maid without going through agent. Anyway, what's your recommendation in this matter? Or should I just wait until 2018 ?

Thank you for taking time out to answer my questions. 
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answered on Oct 29, 2017 at 16:33
edited Nov 17, 2017 at 10:10
@ Yazuka

Where can we find Indonesia maid without going through agent
Go thru your maid's contacts or any of your friends maids. By word of mouth. Then go Indonesia to personally interview the maid. Air tickets is cheap nowadays.

Do not go for "Maruda women". Central Java is more educated but impoverished regions.

Or should I just wait until 2018? 
Your prerogative.

Already overstayed, the max of 5 years is there. The danger is fines and jail term for employing an illegal.

Keep a very low profile of your maid.
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answered on Oct 29, 2017 at 23:00
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answered on Oct 30, 2017 at 18:40
I have a Sri Lankan maid. Overstayed 2 1/2 years. I want to send her back by end Nov 2017.
I read all your thread from?  2015. Does the same procedure apply? I mean first to IMAN and then to Immigration dept for biometric finger print
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answered on Oct 30, 2017 at 18:55
IMAN is for Indonesian Maids as a result of Jokowi's visit.
For your maid, use 3+1 surrender.
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