Visa Sponsorship in Indonesia: A Brief Guide

Foreigners staying over 31 days in Indonesia must apply for a social, business, work, or spouse visa, that requires a sponsorship letter.

A free Indonesia visit visa with a validity of 30 days will be granted to most foreigners visiting for tourism purposes. However, foreigners traveling to Indonesia for employment, relocation, business meetings, and other social activities, are required to apply for the relevant visas that require a Visa Sponsorship. In this article, we aim to provide interested applicants with must-have knowledge around Visa Sponsorships and the right Visa, based on your reasons and activities in Indonesia.

Visa Sponsorship in Indonesia: What Is It For?

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In Indonesia, a Visa Sponsorship indicates that your visa application is supported by a local individual or a local company in the country. Below are the various visas that require sponsorships.

  • Work Visas are sponsored by your employer – a legal company established in Indonesia that you will be working for.
  • Spouse Visas are sponsored by your Indonesian spouse – for foreigners migrating to Indonesia to permanently be with their spouse.
  • Spouse Visas can also be applied by a company – in the event, your spouse is migrating to Indonesia on a Work Visa.
  • Social Visas are sponsored by any Indonesian institution –
  • Business Visas are sponsored by a company – a legal company that you are conducting business activities with, over 6 months or less.

Types of Visas & Its Sponsorship

Visa Sponsorships come in a form of a Sponsorship Letter and are to be submitted together with your Visa applications. It is compulsory for certain visas in Indonesia to get local sponsorship. Cekindo has summarised a list of these visas for you:

Social-Cultural Visa

A social-cultural visa is most suitable for family visits, social-cultural exchanges or any kind of short-term stay activities (e.g.: cultural research). This Visa requires an Indonesian individual to be your Visa Sponsor. Upon issuance, this Visa is valid for 60 days only. However, should you need to extend this Visa, you can do so in periods of 30 days. It is also important to note, this visa is only extendable a maximum of 4 times. This means the longest you can stay in Indonesia without leaving the country is 6 months. This visa is considered invalid the minute you leave Indonesia.

Temporary or Limited Stay Permit (KITAS)

A KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas) is a Resident Permit Card for a temporary or limited stay in Indonesia for work, retirement and living in Indonesia. Each KITAS has a different length of stay and validity is between 6 to 12 months. It can be extended every 12 months with a total validity of five years. Individuals with a Unlike a Visa, KITAS has a Multiple Exit Re-entry Permit (MERP) status, therefore holders are free to travel in and out of Indonesia anytime.

Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP)

A KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap) is a permanent stay permit that allows the holder to stay in Indonesia and it is valid for 5 years. It is extendable with a total validity of 25 years. Oftentimes, a KITAP is sponsored by an Indonesian spouse, offered to foreigners who plan to settle in Indonesia with their Indonesian spouse.

Business Visa (Single-entry or Multiple-entry)

A business visa, depending on whether it is single-entry or multiple-entry, allows the holder to enter Indonesia once or multiple times. A single-entry business visa is valid for 60 days and a multiple-entry visa is valid for 12 Months. A business visa has to be sponsored by a local entity in Indonesia for the purposes of attending conference, seminar, training, and other business-related activities.

*All Multiple-entry Business Visas are currently suspended due to Covid-19 Pandemic.

Requirements for Obtaining a Visa Sponsorship Letter

Obtaining a sponsorship letter on your own can be tedious if you are not familiar with the latest procedures in Indonesia.

Here are some of the requirements you will need to meet to get one:

  • Date of application
  • Details of the applicant as shown in passport
  • Embassy of application and address
  • Details of visa sponsor
  • Supporting documents
  • Signature of the sponsor

Cekindo as Your Visa Consultant in Indonesia

If you are not sure about the type of visa you need to enter Indonesia, get in touch with us through the form below or visit us in our offices in Jakarta, Bali and Semarang.

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For both single and multiple entry business and working visa as well, the sponsor has to be a company. The sponsor company is the legal entity that either invites you to a business meeting or the business for which you will be working for. Regarding social-cultural and retirement visa as well as KITAS & KITAP stay permits, the sponsor must either an Indonesian legal entity or citizen. In case you don’t have a visa sponsor, Cekindo provides sponsorship via HR Outsourcing and also manage payroll for your foreigner employee.

It depends on the type of KITAS/ITAS. A Retirement KITAS/ITAS, for example, is valid for one year, whereas a Work KITAS/ITAS Is valid for six months to one year. There is an exception for an Investor KITAS/ITAS that is valid for two years.

The price varies, depending on the type of ITAS that you wish to apply.

Yes. You need to register at the immigration website and proceed with your application online.

A KITAS/ITAS holder must apply for an EPO when switching between jobs, resigning from a current job, and wanting to leave Indonesia, or changing ITAS type.

The requirements may be different between one KITAP type and another. A Spouse ITAS holder can apply for a KITAP after a 2-year marriage. A Work ITAS holder can apply for a KITAP after holding the KITAS/ITAS four times consecutively.

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Pandu is the Consulting Manager at Cekindo. He has extensive experience in working with government agencies. Notably, he has provided market-entry solutions for enterprises in Indonesia and managed regional partnership channels in Southeast Asia. At Cekindo, Pandu aspires to lead the consulting team to provide top-quality market-entry services and maintain a portfolio of global clientele. His specialty is market-entry advisory and business process outsourcing.