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/ITAS, that allow a foreigner to work, set up a business, and stay in Indonesia.
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What Is A KITAS/ITAS In Indonesia And Who Should Apply For One?
ITAS stands for Izin Tinggal Terbatas, and it is a limited stay permit in Indonesia that must be sponsored by an Indonesian citizen or a company. Previously, the Indonesian government issued a physical card for an ITAS (known as a KITAS), but now they are issues digitally. Depending on the type of KITAS/ITAS, and the basis of your application, a KITAS/ITAS can be valid for six months to two years. The 4 most common purposes for foreigners residing within Indonesia are work, investment, marriage, and retirement. Each purpose has a specific KITAS/ITAS, and differs in terms of processes and documents, for submission to the Indonesian authorities.
KITAS/ITAS For Working In Indonesia
Although the common term used is an KITAS/ITAS, the official term for an Indonesian Temporary Expatriate Work Permit is called an RPTKA (Rencana Penggunaan Tenaga Kerja Asing). An ITAS as mentioned is a stay permit. A foreigner who is working in Indonesia must understand that an RPTKA and a KITAS/ITAS, are 2 different permits that he/she must apply for.
To apply for a Work KITAS/ITAS, 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/ITAS 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.
KITAS/ITAS Marriage Visa
A foreigner legally married to an Indonesian citizen can be sponsored by his or her spouse to qualify for a KITAS/ITAS 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 exits and re-entry permit).
Learn more about spouse visas in Indonesia.
KITAS/ITAS Retirement Visa
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 ITAS after a month.
With a retirement KITAS/ITAS, 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/ITAS is popular among expats living in Bali. Read more about its requirements.
Process and Requirements of Acquiring KITAS/ITAS in Indonesia
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/ITAS renewal is preferably done 2 months before the expiry date.
Now, let’s discuss how to get the visa/permit.
Process for KITAS/ITAS Work Visa
- Your sponsor company receives approval of the RPTKA for its proposal from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower.
- Your sponsor company needs to go through the Pre-RPTKA Approval/Pre-work Permit process, and be notified the duration that you can stay and work in Indonesia
- DKP-TKA (Development Funds in Exchange of Hiring a Foreign Worker) payment of USD100/month must be paid in advance.
- With the approval of RPTKA, you can now work legally in Indonesia
- Apply for a Telex visa as VITAS (Visa Tinggal Terbatas) Temporary Stay Visa pre-approval.
- Indonesian Immigration Office in Jakarta issues VITAS approval and sends a telex to the Indonesian embassy abroad.
- VITAS approval process takes 5 working days.
- Indonesian embassy abroad issues VITAS.
- Collect VITAS in person before coming to Indonesia.
Convert VITAS into ITAS Work Visa
VITAS now is automatically converted into KITAS/ITAS upon the foreign worker’s arrival in Indonesia. Foreign workers must only present their VITAS for a biometric scan in the immigration counter, and then the KITAS/ITAS will be sent to the registered email.
Civil Registration and Reporting
Take the following mandatory steps within 14 days after ITAS issuance.
- Prepare required documents for living in Indonesia.
- Present at civil administration department.
- You will get the necessary civil certificates.
Process for KITAS/ITAS Marriage Visa in Indonesia
- Prepare documents: valid passport and a copy of passport, marriage certificate, copy of ID and family card of your Indonesian spouse with “married” status, copy of Indonesian spouse’s latest bank statement, and sponsor letter.
- Repeat steps in “VITAS Approval” of “Process of ITAS Work Visa”
Convert VITAS into ITAS
Similarly, the VITAS will be automatically converted into KITAS/ITAS upon the foreign worker’s arrival in Indonesia.
Civil Registration and Reporting
- Prepare required documents
- Present at civil administration department
- You will get SKSKPS (Certificate of Family Formation of Temporary Residents) and STM (Police Report Certificate).
You can consider converting your KITAS/ITAS to KITAP after two years of marriage with your Indonesian spouse.
Why choose Cekindo for Your KITAS/ITAS Application?
We will identify the KITAS/ITAS needs for you and your family, specifically in accordance with Indonesia’s immigration law and manpower regulations.
We will provide you with the updated documents checklist and fill in application forms for you.
A point of contact is available throughout the process. Reach us via Hangouts and Whatsapp.
Document preparation is the only effort you have to do. The rest will be informed by our visa specialists (Telex pickup at the Embassy of Indonesia of your choice).
We provide assistance for visa applications at the Embassy of Singapore. Apply in the morning and obtain in the evening.
Final Notes on KITAS/ITAS in Indonesia
Procedures for obtaining the residence status in Indonesia could be quite complicated and time-consuming with the tendency of regulations to change from time to time. It is common to avoid the headaches and hire an agent yourself or your employer to help with the process more efficiently, especially the paperwork.
Cekindo’s Indonesia Work Permit (RPTKA) and Indonesia Working Visa (KITAS/ITAS) processes give you professional advice to maximize the chances of a successful application.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is an Indonesia limited stay permit KITAS/ITAS valid?
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.
What are the requirements for an Investor KITAS/ITAS 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/ITAS application in Indonesia?
You will need to be at least 55 years of age and will not work to earn income in Indonesia. Consultation on further requirements is necessary.
What is an Indonesia Family KITAS/ITAS? Can I work in Indonesia under this stay permit?
An Indonesia Family KITAS/ITAS 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/ITAS. To work legally, a Work ITAS is required.
What is the price of an Indonesia KITAS/ITAS?
The price varies, depending on the type of ITAS that you wish to apply.
Can I apply for my Indonesia KITAS/ITAS online?
Yes. You need to register at the immigration website and proceed with your application online.
Is KITAS/ITAS extension possible in Indonesia?
Of course. Your ITAS can be extended for up to five years.
I’ve heard about Exit Permit Only (EPO) for an ITAS holder in Indonesia. What is it exactly?
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.
How can I convert my KITAS/ITAS into a permanent stay permit KITAP in Indonesia?
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.
Contact us now if you are ready to start your life in Indonesia or to think of discussing other options.