How to Become a Permanent Resident in Indonesia for Foreigners

How to Become A Permanent Resident in Indonesia for Foreigners

  • InCorp Editorial Team
  • 24 November 2023
  • 6 minute reading time

The number of foreign nationals seeking to become permanent residents in Indonesia has steadily increased in recent years. Whether for family reasons or professional opportunities, becoming a permanent resident in Indonesia offers numerous advantages. 

This article aims to provide a thorough overview of the criteria, requirements, and benefits of permanent residency in Indonesia.

Understanding Permanent Residency in Indonesia:

A permanent resident in Indonesia is an individual who possesses the legal right to live in the country indefinitely, without any time limitations. Permanent residents are issued a permanent residency card to substantiate their residency status

The card must be presented alongside their passports when entering or leaving Indonesia. Notably, foreign individuals can maintain their original citizenship while being permanent residents in Indonesia.

Residency vs Citizenship

Residency and citizenship are two distinct legal statuses that define an individual’s relationship with a country. While both permit an individual to reside in a particular country, they differ significantly in the rights, privileges, and obligations they confer.


This permit form is typically granted through a visa, which specifies the conditions and duration of stay, but residency status can be temporary or permanent.

Temporary residents may be granted permission to stay for a specific purpose, such as work, study, or family reunification. On the other hand, permanent residents have the right to live indefinitely in the country and may be eligible for certain benefits, such as social welfare and healthcare.


Citizenship is a legal status that denotes full membership in a nation. Citizens enjoy a comprehensive set of rights, privileges, and protections not afforded to residents. These include the right to vote, hold public office, own property, and travel freely on a passport. Citizenship status is generally permanent and can only be revoked in rare circumstances.

Check out the immigration laws for foreigners

Benefits of being a permanent resident in Indonesia

Gaining permanent residency in Indonesia has many benefits catering to various aspects of life and business. Some key advantages include:

1. Unrestricted travel

Permanent residents can freely explore the diverse regions of Indonesia without any travel restrictions.

2. Business opportunities 

Holding permanent residency opens avenues to becoming a company director or investor in Indonesia.

3. Tax identification 

Permanent residents can obtain a legal tax identification number, facilitating financial transactions and business operations.

4. Financial flexibility 

They can apply for loans, own property jointly with an Indonesian spouse, open a bank account, and even purchase a car.

5. Local pricing

Enjoying local prices for tourist attractions allows permanent residents to explore Indonesia’s cultural and natural wonders at a reduced cost.

6. Civic participation 

Permanent residents can actively engage in civic forums and contribute to the local community.

7. Extended stay and multiple entry

With a two-year multiple-entry permit, permanent residents can freely enter and exit Indonesia.

Read also: KITAP Indonesia: How to Obtain A Permanent Stay Permit

How to Get Permanent Residency in Indonesia Faster Than 5 Years?

Obtaining permanent residency (PR) in Indonesia typically takes five years of continuous residence. However, a few exceptions may allow individuals to secure PR faster. These include:

  1. Investment Visa: Foreign investors who invest significantly in Indonesia may be eligible for PR after three years. The investment amount varies depending on the type of investment and the intended location.
  2. Marriage to an Indonesian Citizen: Individuals married to Indonesian citizens may be eligible for PR after two years of marriage. The couple must provide evidence of their relationship and financial stability.
  3. Exceptional Talent Visa: Individuals with exceptional talents in fields such as arts, sports, or science may be eligible for PR after two years of residence in Indonesia. They must demonstrate their talents and contributions to the country.
  4. Highly Skilled Worker Visa: Highly skilled workers in certain fields, such as engineering or IT, may be eligible for PR after two years. They must possess the necessary qualifications and experience to hold a high-level position in Indonesia.
  5. Humanitarian Grounds: In rare cases, individuals may be granted PR on humanitarian grounds, such as for reasons of political asylum or protection from persecution.

It is important to note that these exceptions are not guaranteed and may require extensive documentation and justification. It is advisable to consult with an immigration lawyer to determine eligibility and navigate the application process.

Types of Residency in Indonesia

Foreigners can obtain two types of residency permits in Indonesia:

Temporary residency permit (ITAS/KITAS)

  • Validity: One year renewable for a maximum of five years.
  • Application Process: This takes approximately three months.

Permanent residency permit (ITAP/KITAP)

  • Prerequisite: Continuous possession of ITAS/KITAS for at least five years.
  • Validity: Five years, renewable for a lifetime.

How to Get Permanent Residency in Indonesia?

Foreign individuals must follow a specific process to become eligible for permanent residency in Indonesia. Here are the requirements for permanent residence in Indonesia:

  • Obtain a sponsorship letter from a local company.
  • Obtain a recommendation from the Directorate General of Immigration.
  • Submit the required documents and a letter to obtain a KITAS or VITAS (Limited Stay Permit) at the Indonesian Embassy.
  • After consecutively holding the KITAS/ITAS for more than five years, it is possible to convert it to KITAP and attain permanent residency in Indonesia. 

Please note that permanent residency in Indonesia can be revoked if the granted status is misused or abused, or if the individual is found guilty of illegal activities.

Read more: A Guide for Moving to and Living in Jakarta for Foreigners 

How InCorp assist you in becoming a permanent resident in Indonesia

Becoming a permanent resident in Indonesia is a significant step for foreigners considering the country their second home or who wish to contribute to its economy. InCorp Indonesia offers professional advisory services to guide you through the permanent residency application process. 

Our knowledgeable agents possess expertise in Indonesian immigration regulations and can ensure a hassle-free application experience. Obtaining permanent residency in Indonesia gives foreign nationals many advantages, including freedom of travel, business opportunities, financial flexibility, and active participation in the local community. 

Individuals can successfully become permanent residents in Indonesia by following the prescribed process and meeting the eligibility criteria. InCorp Indonesia is dedicated to providing professional assistance in navigating the complexities of the application process, ensuring a smooth transition to permanent residency.

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

Unfortunately no. KITAP is a permanent stay permit in Indonesia that can be applied by either a foreigner with an Indonesian spouse, a foreign investor, director, or commissioner at an Indonesian company, a foreigner wanting to retire in Indonesia, and an Indonesian intending to regain citizenship.

Unlike a temporary or limited stay permit KITAS/ITAS, a KITAP is valid for five years. In other words, you would not have to extend it every year like KITAS/ITAS.

Technically speaking, yes. You can apply for a KITAP after two years of marriage to an Indonesian spouse.

Yes, just like KITAS/ITAS, you are required to have a sponsor before you can proceed with your KITAP application.

The price may vary and it depends on the type of KITAP you wish to apply for.