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KITAP Indonesia: How to Obtain a Permanent Stay Permit

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KITAP Indonesia is the highest goal for foreigners wanting to reside in the Archipelago. Unfortunately, as with all things that many people wish to do, it is not easy to attain.

In this article, you will read everything you need about KITAP — Indonesia’s permanent stay permit and how to obtain it. Find out below if you are among the lucky ones eligible to get this holy grail of stay permits in Indonesia.

Before going further about KITAP, you might want to learn more about a limited stay permit called KITAS Indonesia— the first step of your KITAP application.

What Is a KITAP Indonesia

KITAP stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap, which translates as permanent stay permit card.

Unlike any other visa in Indonesia, the KITAP is valid for five years. If, after five years, there are no changes to the status of the ex-pat, the visa is extended automatically. However, for foreigners who don’t enter Indonesia within one year, the validity of KITAP is automatically void. Therefore, the only thing you need to do is apply for a new card.

A permanent residence permit visa means no more annual trips to immigration (as in the case of KITAS/ITAS), no more costly visa extensions, and no more piles of paperwork. No wonder strict rules apply.

How to Get a Permanent Stay Permit in Indonesia?

You can only apply for a KITAP Indonesia once you have gotten a KITAS/ITAS (limited stay permit) and extended this visa multiple times.

How to get this visa depends on the applicant — which leads us to the following question:

Who Can Apply for a KITAP Indonesia?

As mentioned before, unfortunately, not anyone can apply for this ultimate stay visa to Indonesia.

The only eligible candidates to get a KITAP are:

  • Foreigners with an Indonesian spouse
  • Foreign investors, directors, or commissioners in an Indonesian Company (PT PMA)
  • Foreigners wanting to retire in Indonesia
  • Indonesians regaining their citizenship

KITAP Indonesia: A Guide to Getting a Permanent Stay Permit

KITAP Indonesia: Requirements and Conditions

The requirements and conditions are not all the same for the above-mentioned eligible candidates, so let’s take a look at them one by one:

KITAP for Foreigners With an Indonesian Spouse

Foreigners legally married to an Indonesian can convert their KITAS/ITAS into a KITAP after two years of marriage. Your spouse will be the sponsor.

You cannot apply for a permanent visa if you haven’t had a KITAS/ITAS first. The marriage doesn’t make you eligible for a permanent stay permit.

If your marriage has lasted ten years or more, your KITAP will be for life, also in case of divorce.

Another major plus for those married to an Indonesian is that with a spouse-sponsored KITAP, you have the right to work in Indonesia under certain conditions. (You can read more about this further in this KITAP guide — scroll down to ‘Can you work with a KITAP.’)

Read also: Spouse Visa in Indonesia.

Foreign Investors, Directors, and Commissioners Working in an Indonesian Company

The candidates mentioned above can apply for the KITAP once they have worked in the same position with the same Indonesian company for four years in a row.


Retirees can apply for a KITAP once they reach 55 years of age, after four extensions of their KITAS/ITAS.

Read also: Retirement Visa in Indonesia.

Indonesians retaining their citizenship

There are no particular restrictions or obligations for Indonesians to retain their citizenship.

Can You Work with a KITAP?

Only those married to an Indonesian have the right to work in Indonesia once they have attained their KITAP to provide for their family.

Restrictions apply, and there are, basically, two options.

First, you can work for a company if the company obtains the work permit for you (RPTKA) — this is a lot cheaper for the company than having to pay for the KITAP, so there is more chance of getting a job.

Secondly, they can start a business as a sole entrepreneur, meaning they cannot hire anyone, but they will avoid the hassle of getting work permits and such.

How to Apply for a KITAP?

Although the application requirements differ, all eligible candidates must have a sponsor. This can be your Indonesian spouse, a PT PMA company, or a trustable agent like InCorp. It takes a lot of paperwork, time, and effort, but ultimately, it is worth it!

Retirees and foreign investors need the same documents for their applications. The following are the most important:

  • Your Passport
  • Sponsor letter
  • Indonesian ID (KTP) of your sponsor
  • Tax Obligation Main Number (NPWP)

Foreign investors also need to bring their work permit (RPTKA) and the legal documents of the sponsoring company.

What are the Benefits of KITAP?

Well, the most apparent benefit of the KITAP is that you are allowed to stay in the country without extending the visa again, which is costly and time-consuming, but there are many more advantages. You can apply for the following:

  • Indonesian ID with a validity of five years
  • local driver’s license (SIM) with a validity of five years
  • bank account
  • credit card
  • loan
  • local prices to tourist attractions, paying only a fraction of what tourists pay
  • MERP with a validity of two years, allowing you to enter and exit the country as you like

For those married to an Indonesian: Eligible for joint ownership of property with your spouse

How Long Does the Process Take?

The process usually takes approximately three months.

With the help of an agency like InCorp Indonesia, you can do it the fastest way possible, smoothly and efficiently. We know that a visa application can be a headache, going here and there, finding out something is missing at the last minute, unclarity with rules, etc.

We advise taking a lot of time and diving into the pile of requirements and needed documents way before your KITAS/ITAS expires to avoid unnecessary disappointment. Also, check the latest regulations with your agency or the local immigration office, as rules might change.

Get Your Sponsorship with InCorp Indonesia

Like many other visas in Indonesia, to get the KITAP, you need a local sponsor. Those married to Indonesian have their partner to be their sponsor, but retirees have to look elsewhere. InCorp Indonesia can be your sponsor. Fill in the form below, and we will reply soon.

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Pandu Biasramadhan

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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