BALI VISA GUIDE
A complete guide to Indonesian Limited Stay Permit – KITAS
If you wish to work or stay in Indonesian territory for a longer period, obtaining a limited stay permit in Indonesia alias KITAS is your primary goal.
What is KITAS in Indonesia and Why is it Important?
KITAS stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas. It is a limited stay permit in Indonesia or a temporary residency permit that is valid for six months to one year. As the most common type of a permit for foreign residents, it requires an Indonesian sponsorship. A KITAS allows IT’S holders to live in Indonesia for up to five years, with subsequent renewal every twelve months.
Indonesian government offers a 30-day free tourist visa in addition to visa on arrival for most countries in the world.
However, if you would like to stay longer in Indonesia for various purposes, for example to start a business, KITAS is the one you need to go for. Overstaying the visit visa period will result in penalties. The penalties can be a maximum of 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of 500,000,000 IDR (~37,000 USD).
It is important to note that a lot of information might be outdated from other sources with the 2011 new Immigration Law passed in Indonesia.
Here is the most updated information on the three most common types of KITAS
1. KITAS Work Visa
KITAS Indonesia work visa is sponsored by an Indonesian company or an organisation registered in Indonesia,. This includes an Indonesian-owned company, a foreign-owned company, a representative office and a public or private institution.
Before acquiring a KITAS work visa, you need to obtain these requirments:
- the company’s act (AKTA PT) and its amendmend
- the company’s locality letter (SKTU/SITU)
- the company’s tax number (NPWP)
- the company’s business license letter (SIUP)
- the Company Certificate (TDP)
- the approval from Minister of Justice (PENGESAHAN KEHAKIMAN)
- NIB ( Nomor Induk Berusaha)
- Organization structure
- the employee contract (for companies employing foreigner)
- the director’s identity card (KTP) /General Manager
- Original of the report to the labor department adapted by UU no. 17, 1981
- the KTP of an Indonesian work colleague (Tenaga Kerja Pendamping)
- 20 company letter heads, signed by the company director, and sealed with the company stamp
Foreign applicants papers needed to process KITAS (ALL COPIES MUST BE IN COLOR):
- Copy of foreigner passport and/or travel documents which are valid for at least 19 months
- Curriculum Vitae and references
- Copy of School Certificate/University Degree.
- Copy of Insurance Policy (health or life or personal liability insurance).
- Passport sized photographs with red backgrounds (4 x 6 = 21 pcs, 3 x 4 = 8 pcs, 2 x 3 = 6 pcs)
- Statement Bank with minimum USD 1500,-
You must also remember that all of the above requirements must be submitted in original documents.
To reiterate, sponsorship is required before any work visa or work permit can be processed. A sponsoring company should propose an applicant’s job title carefully.
Sponsors of KITAS work visa are legally responsible for the visa applicants, i.e., to pay charges and fines if the respective applicants do not have the ability to do so. It is of critical importance for sponsors to be aware of these responsibilities.
2. KITAS Family Visa
A foreigner legally married to an Indonesian citizen and a foreigner who have Indonesian parent/s can be sponsored by his or her spouse/parents to qualify for KITAS family visa. Be aware this is not an Indonesia working visa. You will only be allowed to stay in Indonesia but not to work there.
An official marriage certificate endorsed by the Indonesian government is mandatory for the foreigner who’s married with Indonesian. If you happen to get married abroad, an Indonesian-legalised CNI (Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage) in Indonesian is required.
You can then go ahead with a permanent residence visa (KITAP) in Indonesia after a 2-year marriage. KITAP has 5 years validity with MERP (multiple exit and re-entry permit).
Before acquiring a KITAS family visa, you need to obtain these requirments:
- Copy of the wife’s and/or children’s passport (all pages including blank pages) which are valid for at least 19months
- Copy of the marriage certificate (for wife)
- Copy of the children’s birth certificates (fo children)
- Copy of Husband ID Card (for Indonesian Husband)
- Passport sized photographs (4 x 6 = 12 pcs, 3 x 4 = 4 pcs, 2 x 3 = 4 pcs)
- Statement Bank with minimum USD 1500,- (for wife or husband)
3. Social Cultural Visa
Foreign nationals who opt to stay in Indonesia for more than 30 days, and thus exceed the maximum allowed visa-free period, should consider applying for a social-cultural visa.
The purpose of a social-cultural visa is to visit friends or relatives or to participate in a social, cultural or educational exchange. Its holders are not allowed to conduct any business activities in Indonesia.
Foreigners with a social visa are granted a single entry visit of up to 60 days which can be extended monthly for a total of 180 days. After its expiration, holders must leave the country and apply for a new visa abroad.
The requirements for an Indonesia social visa are simple and easy to meet. All you need to do is prepare the following required documents:
- A valid passport with a minimum validity of 12 months from the date of entry into Indonesia
- A completed visa application form
- A bank statement or other evidence showing enough fund to cover travel expenses in Indonesia
- A coloured photograph (passport size)
- Travel itinerary
- Evidence of obligation in the applicant’s country of permanent residence (can be written by an employer, a school, etc.)
For your consideration, all the fees above are the cost through the visa agent