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Visas in Bali: How to Protect Yourself from Visa Scams and Fraudulent Visa Agents

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 24 July 2019
  • 4 minute reading time

Relocating or migrating to Bali for whatever reason is a big decision to make in a person’s life. This decision can have a huge and permanent impact on your life and your career. Therefore, you certainly do not want to take this issue lightly, especially when it comes to your immigration process for visas in Bali.

Due to the recent boom of tourism and the economy, visas in Bali applications are in high demand in the region. Hence, many visa agents are appearing in Bali. And the sad news is, not all of them are reliable and some are even downright scammers. Many tourists and foreign investors have been targeted by visa scams in Bali and these scammers always come up with new tricks to fool you.

So what is the best defense? It is to get yourself familiar and updated with the latest immigration law in Bali. Cekindo has prepared some tips for you to stay one step ahead of scammers and to protect yourself as much as possible.

Common Visa Scams in Bali

Visa scams in Bali change every time and they come in all different styles. Here are some of the common visa scams you need to look out for in Bali.

Phone and Email Scams

These frauds often will ask money from you for your Bali visa application through phone or email. Keep this in mind: the immigration body in Indonesia will never ask for visa payment over the phone or email.

Job Offers that Are Fake

This is one of the most attractive and too-good-to-be-true scams targeted at foreigners. Foreigners who wish to work overseas with new experiences always fall into this trap. Scammers usually offer bogus migration sponsorships and employment opportunities in Bali.

Once victims have submitted their personal information and identity to these scammers, these criminals will use the provided info to apply for loans or other illegal activities under a victim’s name.

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Request for Money Upfront

Visa scammers will ask for money in advance in exchange for a visa or any migration services, before even providing you with any details about the application.

Fake or Unregistered Visa Agents

They promise a 100% visa application success along with a fast-track application. In addition to that, they sometimes charge super-high fees and tell you that it’s because of the fast process and guaranteed result. Even worse, they will not provide you with any agreement or receipt after the payment.

There are a few things you can pay attention to if you want to spot a fake visa agent easily:

  • They do not have a proper office in Bali
  • They do not have a website with the phone number or email address
  • They do not have enough knowledge to answer your Bali visa inquiry

Tips to Stay Away from Frauds for Visas in Bali

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These important tips below will definitely help you to ward off the common visa scams in Bali.

Don’t Believe in Sweet Promises

Those who tell you that any Bali visa approval and overseas job offers are guaranteed are the ones you should avoid like the plague.

Only Use Registered Agents or Services for Visas in Bali

Shun those self-proclaimed “agents” in Bali that fail to provide you evidence of any accreditation. All legal visa agents in Bali need to register themselves under Indonesian Law.

Visa agents registered in Bali such as Cekindo are required to meet registration requirements. We also need to stay updated with the latest immigration law and regulations in Bali.

Confirm Their Identity and Information

Validate the website, phone number, email address, and physical address provided by the visa agents are accurate. Also, make sure the websites they used are not replicated to trick you into believing it is the official website.

Ensure All Process Is in Black and White

Transparency is key here. Avoid those agents who make the application process complex and try to hide something. Always ask for a contract and a payment receipt.

Contact Cekindo’s Agents for Visas in Bali

Cekindo is a reputable consulting company with registered visa agents in Bali. Throughout years of experience, we have assisted big clients like Tokopedia, Huawei, Oyo, and Zomato with their visa applications. Our consultant will walk you through the visa application process. We can help you prepare the necessary paperwork for your submission cost-effectively.

Get in touch with us today by filling in the form below or visit our office directly in Badung. We also have offices in Jakarta and Semarang.

Pandu Biasramadhan

Senior Consulting Manager at InCorp Indonesia

An expert for more than 10 years, Pandu Biasramadhan, has an extensive background in providing top-quality and comprehensive business solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managing regional partnership channels across Southeast Asia.

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Frequent Asked Questions

The sponsor must be a company for single and multiple-entry businesses and working visas. The sponsor company is the legal entity that invites you to a business meeting or the business you will be working for. Regarding social-cultural and retirement visas and KITAS & KITAP stay permits, the sponsor must either be an Indonesian legal entity or a citizen. If you need a visa sponsor, InCorp provides sponsorship via HR Outsourcing and manages payroll for your foreign employee.