How to get into the world of the tech startup, with a Singaporean hr in Jakarta
Togel Singapore, a new startup that is aiming to bring an Australian-style work visa to the city, has had its Singapore offices shut down by the immigration authorities in an unprecedented move.
The company, which is based in Singapore and will be opening its new offices in Jakarta later this year, has been unable to get its Australian workers to fill its work visa requirements because of a lack of visas.
Togel’s employees are currently applying for permanent visas, but they will not be able to apply for visas until their applications are processed, it said in a statement on Friday.
“This has been a long process, and we are really worried that our Australian employees will not have the opportunity to live in Singapore, or even be able take part in our culture,” said the statement.
Many Australian tech companies have also been hit with the same problem.
An ABC News analysis of the data on visas granted to Australian workers found that many Australian tech businesses are struggling to fill positions in Jakarta and are increasingly being closed down.
According to data compiled by the Immigration Department, just 0.4 per cent of visas granted in 2017 were to Australians, while more than 1 per cent were to foreign nationals.
The data also showed that the visa approvals rate for the past five years has been significantly lower than in previous years.
In 2016, the visas granted were a record low 1.6 per cent, with more than 11 per cent for overseas workers.
In 2017, that rate was 3.3 per cent.
“We are deeply disappointed to have to announce this situation,” Togels CEO Tony O’Neill said.
“This is the first time we have had to close down our offices and we will now be looking for a new location to expand our services to more customers.”
Todhana is not the first Australian tech company to struggle to secure work visas.
Melbourne-based company, Aussie-focused cloud computing company, Gartner, was shut down earlier this year for not being able to get a visa to work in Indonesia.
Earlier this year Australian software engineer, Daniel Larkin, was denied entry into Indonesia to work at the company.
Australian technology startup, Quayle, had also been unable the visa to open a branch in Jakarta.
Last year, Australian technology entrepreneur and entrepreneur David Leung was barred from entering Indonesia for a month for failing to meet visa requirements.