For a foreigner to stay legally within Indonesia for work or personal reasons, he/she must obtain a permit from the Indonesian authorities. This permit is commonly referred to as a KITAS. In this article, we attempt to explain the different types of stay permits or KITAS, that allow a foreigner to work, set up a business, and stay in Indonesia.
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KITAS stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas, and it is a limited stay permit in Indonesia that must be sponsored by an Indonesian citizen or a company. Depending on the type of KITAS, and the basis of your application, a KITAS can be valid for six months to two years. The 4 most common purpose foreigners reside within Indonesia are for work, investment, marriage, and retirement. Each purpose has a specific KITAS, and differ in terms of processes and documents, for submission to the Indonesian authorities.
Although the common term used is a KITAS, the official term for an Indonesian Temporary Expatriate Work Permit is called an IMTA (Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing). A KITAS as mentioned is a stay permit. A foreigner who is working in Indonesia must understand that an IMTA and a KITAS, are 2 different permits that he/she must apply for.
To apply for a Work KITAS, sponsorship from your Employer is required. And the Employer must be a company registered in Indonesia. In Indonesia, locally-registered companies are defined as a PT, PT PMA, or a representative office. A work KITAS also allows a foreigner to re-enter Indonesia multiple times with one permit, it is commonly referred to as a MERP (Multiple Exit and Re-entry Permit).
Do you want to know more? Continue reading Work Permit in Indonesia from A to Z.
A foreigner legally married to an Indonesian citizen can be sponsored by his or her spouse to qualify for KITAS family visa. Be aware this is not an Indonesia working visa. You will only be allowed to stay in Indonesia but not to work there.
An official marriage certificate endorsed by the Indonesian government is mandatory for the application. If you happen to get married abroad, an Indonesian-legalised CNI (Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage) in Indonesian is required. You can then move forward with applying for a permanent residence visa (KITAP) in Indonesia after a 2-year marriage. KITAP has 5 years validity with MERP (multiple exit and re-entry permit).
Learn more about spouse visa in Indonesia.
This visa is irrelevant to a business owner or entrepreneur. However, if you are 55 years of age or older, and wish to spend your retirement in Indonesia, you may enter Indonesia first on a tourist visa and then apply for retirement KITAS after a month.
With a retirement KITAS, you can live in Indonesia for consecutive years and, enter or exit the country as many times as you would like. You can also get a local bank account and hire a driver or domestic helper. However, you should have no plan of working at all in Indonesia.
Retirement KITAS/Visa is popular among expats living in Bali. Read more about its requirements.
The process of a visa application in Indonesia might be stressful. We all know that. The process may take up to 10 weeks. Complete your early consultation with Cekindo to avoid unnecessary disappointment. Furthermore, a KITAS renewal is preferably done 2 months before the expiry date.
Now, let’s discuss how to get the visa/permit.
Pre-IMTA/Pre-working Permit Approval
IMTA/Working Permit Approval
Convert VITAS into KITAS Work Visa with MERP
Once arrived in Indonesia, you have 30 days to convert a VITAS into a KITAS work visa. You cannot leave the country in the midst of the process else your VITAS will become invalid. VITAS is a single entry visa.
With KITAS, you can exit and re-enter Indonesia multiple times along with MERP. MERP has the same validity period as your KITAS. At least not until you find employment in Indonesia with sponsorship.
Civil Registration and Reporting
Take the following mandatory steps within 14 days after KITAS issuance.
Convert VITAS into KITAS
The same process as shown in “Convert VITAS into KITAS” of “Process of KITAS Work Visa” applies. After entering Indonesia, you have only seven days to convert a VITAS into a KITAS.
Please bear in mind that, however, you are still not allowed to convert your KITAS marriage visa into a work permit (MERP). At least not until you find employment in Indonesia with sponsorship.
Civil Registration and Reporting
You can consider converting your KITAS to KITAP after two years of marriage with your Indonesian spouse.
Procedures for obtaining the residence status in Indonesia could be quite complicated and time-consuming with the tendency of regulations changing from time to time. It is common to avoid the headaches and hire an agent yourself or by your employer to help with the process more efficiently, especially the paperwork.
Cekindo’s Indonesia Work Permit (IMTA) and Indonesia Working Visa (KITAS) processes give you the professional advice to maximize the chances of a successful application.
How long is an Indonesia limited stay permit KITAS valid?
It depends on the type of KITAS. A Retirement KITAS, for example, is valid for one year, whereas a Work KITAS is valid for six months to one year. There is an exception for an Investor KITAS that is valid for two years.
What are the requirements for an Investor KITAS application in Indonesia?
To be eligible, you need to have a minimum of IDR 10 billion in authorized capital, IDR 10 billion in paid-up capital, and IDR 1 billion in personal shares.
What are the requirements for a Retirement KITAS application in Indonesia?
You will need to be at least 55 years of age and will not work to earn income in Indonesia. A consultation on further requirements is necessary.
What is an Indonesia Family KITAS? Can I work in Indonesia under this stay permit?
An Indonesia Family KITAS is issued to family members. They can be a spouse and/or children under 18 years of age. It is illegal to work in Indonesia with a Family KITAS. To work legally, a Work KITAS is required.
What is the price of an Indonesia KITAS?
The price varies, depending on the type of KITAS that you wish to apply.
Can I apply for my Indonesia KITAS online?
Yes. You need to register at the immigration website and proceed with your application online.
Is KITAS extension possible in Indonesia?
Of course. Your KITAS can be extended for up to five years.
I’ve heard about Exit Permit Only (EPO) for a KITAS holder in Indonesia. What is it exactly?
A KITAS holder must apply for an EPO when switching between jobs, resigning from a current job and wanting to leave Indonesia or changing KITAS type.
How can I convert my KITAS into a permanent stay permit KITAP in Indonesia?
The requirements may be different between one KITAP type and another. A Spouse KITAS holder can apply for a KITAP after 2-year marriage. A Work KITAS holder can apply for a KITAP after holding the KITAS four times consecutively.
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