Bad news: immigration can blacklist you for a violation as simple as overstaying your tourism or business visa. The good news is it can be temporary. The better news is you can appeal it.
But how do you make an appeal? Here’s a rough guide:
1. Know the length of your blacklist
Usually, when you’re blacklisted, you cannot do anything yet other than to wait until it’s over. If it’s temporary, it usually takes at least 6 months before you can come back.
What many foreigners don’t know though is that the immigration can extend it for another 6 months or even longer. Normally, it’s the immigration’s computer system that does the extension automatically. In other words, after your six months are up, you are back on the blacklist again—unless you confirm your name on the list and appeal its removal.
2. Contact the immigration
The only way to know if you’re still blacklisted is to ask the Immigration Office in Jakarta about it. Don’t think, however, you can come here and do it yourself. Even with a new passport, you can still be denied entry at any port as long as you’re still blacklisted.
How do you contact the immigration? While the most convenient would have been to call or email the office, it’s not always the most pleasant experience. First, there’s the language barrier. Two, people can be very busy to even pay attention to your call or email. Three, you can be subject to red tape, which means the entire process becomes time-consuming and, almost always, useless.
Cekindo’s tip is to request any of your friends or family members to go to the office in person. If you don’t know anybody here, you can look for an agent or representative like us. The great thing about working with our company is we already know the process by heart. We also have the knowledge and our expertise, with the help of our lawyers, making us the best people to represent your case in the immigration.
3. Prepare your requirements
We also strongly advise to send us the needed documents even before we personally visit the Immigration Office. Again, we cannot waste time, considering how busy and bureaucratic the office can be. We must grab every window of opportunity as soon as possible.
What do you need?
- Photocopy of your valid passport, including the page where you can find the blacklist stamp
- Photocopy of your ID, KITAP, or work permit
- Appeals letter with IDR 6,000 materai
Of the three, you are more likely to have a hard time with the last one. First of all, it needs to be in Bahasa Indonesia. Moreover, since you cannot enter the country legally yet, you cannot sign the letter. Rather, you need someone with legal status in the country, who is usually your sponsor. You can have a legal foreign worker do that for you, or you can save yourself the trouble and let us, your agent, do it on your behalf.
4. Submit your documents
We will personally visit the immigration authority in Jakarta to verify your status. If you’re still on the blacklist, we’ll submit your documents, including the letter, for consideration. So far, there’s no fee to pay for this, and there’s no quota either. Usually too it takes only a day to receive an approval.
5. Wait for the letter
If you’ve been approved, we will receive the letter that states your blacklist removal from the immigration then fax it to the embassy where you’re going to process your visa.
Cekindo can help you process an Indonesia business visa or a work permit. We can also take care of spousal and retirement visa, depending on your purpose for travel in the country.
What If You Get Denied?
You can still appeal your case to the administrative court, but the process can be more confusing and lengthy. Don’t worry, as Cekindo will be there with you. Let us know should you need legal assistance at this point.
For more information on the appeal process and how we can help you, contact us today.
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