Indonesia is sometimes criticized for having a complicated and ambiguous process for getting a visa through spousal sponsorship, also known as a spouse-sponsored marriage visa. This can be dealt with efficiently with the proper research and the engagement of a professional consulting firm.
You may be wondering what a spouse visa is. It is a visa type among several others, for foreigners who married Indonesian nationals. There are two types of spouse visas: KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas) and KITAP which can be obtained through spousal sponsorship. A KITAS is a Limited Stay Permit and a KITAP is a Permanent Stay Permit. In most cases, KITAS serves as the foundation for you to apply for KITAP.
In this article, we will let you know what a spouse visa is, the process of acquiring a spouse visa, and how it can be beneficial for you for living and doing business in Indonesia.
While being married to an Indonesian citizen is the first requirement you must have to get a spouse visa, you will also need an official marriage certificate approved by the government in Indonesia.
The best way to apply for a spouse visa is to do it directly in Indonesia. According to marriage law in Indonesia, the marriage to your Indonesian spouse is legitimate only when it is performed in accords to the regulations and the religious beliefs of both the husband and wife in Indonesia.
Authorized offices that can perform the marriages are local mosques or Muslim (Kantor Urusan Agama) and civil registry offices (Kantor Catatan Sipil).
On the other hand, if you get married outside of Indonesia, a marriage certificate from your country of origin is not sufficient. A CNI (Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage) is required along with your official marriage certificate. Both documents need to be translated into the Indonesian language and notarized in Indonesia.
By engaging Cekindo for your spouse visa application, you will only have to visit the immigration office once during the whole process — which is during the conversion of VITAS to KITAS — for biometric data processing.
Once entering Indonesia, you are allowed 30 days to convert a VITAS into a KITAS. You are not allowed to leave the country in the midst of the process or else your VITAS will become invalid.
Your KITAS spouse visa will come with multiple exits and a re-entry permit (MERP). However, you are still not allowed to work or start a business in Indonesia — not until you acquire your work permit.
Please also take note that you DO NOT need to wait for 4 months in order to convert your social visa into a KITAS.
Validity and Renewal of KITAS
KITAS is valid for 6 months to a year. It must be renewed every 6 or 12 months with 5 years of validity in total.
A foreigner with spouse-sponsored KITAS must register at the civil department within 14 days upon KITAS issuance.
You can consider converting your KITAS spouse visa to a KITAP spouse visa after two years of marriage with your Indonesian spouse. The KITAP is just one step before full citizenship.
What If I Have a Company-Sponsored KITAS instead?
You can still convert your company-sponsored working KITAS to KITAP sponsored by your spouse. You can’t work for any company other than your spouse’s, without having a work permit IMTA (Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing) from the Manpower Department in Indonesia. The company still needs to sponsor you for the IMTA.
Validity and Renewal of KITAP
After that, you will need to renew your KITAP every 5 years, and it can be done four times consecutively—a total of 25 years.
By having a KITAS or KITAP spouse visa, you are entitled to the following:
If you are in a marriage with your Indonesian spouse for less than 10 years, you will have to submit a new sponsor to the immigration in Indonesia in 60 days to remain on your spouse visa.
On the other hand, if your marriage has lasted for more than 10 years, a divorce upon a court decision will have no influence on your permanent residency in Indonesia with a KITAP. You can stay in Indonesia indefinitely without being married.
In Indonesia, getting the right context of immigration law for spouse visa applications can be quite a challenge. Most of you will be taken aback by all the complicated processes and requirements thrown at your way if you do this on your own.
Do not get held up because of the burdensome paperwork requested, or time-wasting showing up at the immigration office multiple times. Let’s get started here at Cekindo, and we will take care of all the hassles for you.