RumahCom – Foreign citizens seeking to reside or work in Indonesia legally will need to get a temporary stay permit (KITAS). Short for Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas, it means ‘Limited Stay Permit Card.’ This yellow ID is a legal authorization to stay and work for six to 12 months, depending on your position. However, KITAS holders can live in Indonesia for up to five years by renewing their permits annually.
KITAS is only issued for those foreigners who work for a company registered within the Indonesian territory; be it a foreign-owned company, a representative office or an Indonesian entity.
Government rulings on KITAS
Article 23 of the Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights (Regulation No. 27 of 2014) governs the eligibility and grant of KITAS. Meanwhile, the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower
on August 27, 2019 issued Regulation No. 228 that updated the latest list of positions and jobs available for foreigners working in the country across 18 industries, such as construction, education, property, finance and insurance, healthcare, information and technology, to name a few.
If you are seeking to work and move to this world’s largest archipelago, you should know the following:
How to Apply for KITAS
Despite the presence of agencies that offer the process of obtaining KITAS, it is advisable that you apply directly via the online system. Indonesian immigration has been accelerating the pace of adoption for the easy-to-use online application for various types of visas, including KITAS.
On the immigration website, you will need to follow a few easy steps for the registration, such as putting in data and uploading required documents. Bear in mind that the immigration website only has 600 quotas per day, and you can only submit the application from 8 am to 4 pm. If the quotas are exceeded for one particular working day, you will have to go back the next day.
Steps to Obtain Your KITAS
All the required documents that you submit will be sent to the Ministry of Manpower for the Expatriate Placement Plan (RPTKA). The RPTKA is a letter of acceptance for the approval of hiring expatriates. Here is what will follow:
- You will be required to pay US$100 per month to the ministry.
- Prior to obtaining your KITAS, you will get a Telex. This is an approval by the Directorate General of Immigration to the Indonesian Embassy in countries across the world to issue the visa for the foreigner.
- The applicant, i.e., you, will have to pick up your telex at the Indonesian Embassy in your respective country.
- Upon your arrival in Indonesia, you will be required to go to the immigration office for a biometric and get your photo and fingerprints taken.
That’s pretty much it! You can go back to the immigration office to pick up your KITAS within three days.
You can extend your KITAS online or at the Directorate General of Immigration office before your KITAS expires. Among the documents needed for the renewal are the sponsorship letter, valid passport, RPTKA, and others. For more info on the required documents, visit the immigration website.
Do remember to renew your KITAS before it expires. Otherwise, it will create bureaucratic complexity.
EPO and ERP
If you want to move to another company or leave the country, you must apply for an Exit Permit Only (EPO). On the other hand, if you have left Indonesia but your KITAS is still active, and you want to come back to the country but change the employment, then your previous company that sponsored you has to obtainan Exit Re-Entry Permit (ERP). This ERP is mandatory for your new company sponsor to get you the new KITAS.
You can apply for a family visa if you are a foreigner legally married to an Indonesian citizen. Your marriage status, including the information about your child (children) if any, should be registered in the Civil Registration Agency. In this case, the validity of your visa is one year, and can be extended by up to five years. It is important to note that the family visa cannot be used for work or do any business in Indonesia.
Obtaining Indonesian Citizenship
As quoted by Indonesia Investments
, and pursuant to the Ministry of Law and Human Right) Regulation No. 36 of 2016 concerning the procedures for the submission of applications for an Indonesian citizenship, foreigners seeking to obtain Indonesian citizenship can send their applications online to the Directorate General of Law Administration. The website, Indonesia Investments, lists the application requirements and procedure for applying to become an Indonesian citizen.
Do note that Indonesian nationality law doesn’t recognize dual citizenship. In case you are interested in applying for the citizenship, which is subject to be granted by the Indonesian president, you will eventually have to give up your original nationality.