Many foreigners choose to become permanent residents (PRs) of Indonesia. To do so, one will first need to acquire documents such as the VITAS, ITAS, ITAP, and KITAS in a legal manner. Only then can a foreigner obtain permanent resident status in Indonesia.
Just as is the case in any other country, Indonesia has its own laws regarding nationality and citizenship. These laws are clearly defined in the constitution of Indonesia. The constitution clearly specifies the criteria to be fulfilled in order for one to become an Indonesian citizen, loss of citizenship, how citizenship is to be obtained, and any punishments which may be imposed. The law also mentions issues related to dual citizenship and permanent resident status.
Definition of a Permanent Resident
A permanent resident is a person who has been legally granted the right to reside in a particular country either temporarily or permanently. To prove one’s status as a permanent resident, one is to be given an identification document. Although one may be granted permanent residence in a particular country, the person in question remains a citizen of the country of origin. Therefore, every time a person travels outside the country in which the person has been granted permanent residence, the person has to carry the passport of the country of origin as well as the identification document of permanent residence. The identification document will be used to reenter the country of permanent residence.
How One May Become a Permanent Resident of Indonesia
Becoming a permanent resident of Indonesia is not always a simple process. The permanent residency permit, also known as the Izin Tinggal Tetap (ITAP), can only be acquired by holders of an Izin Tinggal Terbatas (ITAS). An ITAP allows one to reside in Indonesia for up to five years. However, it can be renewed up to five times to make the total number of years of permanent residency in Indonesia extend to 25 years according to Indonesian immigration laws.
Before a person can be granted an ITAP, however, the person needs to be in possession of a Limited Stay Visa (VITAS). This single-entry visa grants one the permission to enter and stay in Indonesia. It may be obtained for the purposes of work, investment, tourism, or education among other reasons. It is renewable for up to one year. However, foreigners who intend to extend their stay in Indonesia ought to apply for an ITAS within seven days of arrival into the country.
To obtain any of the permits and visas of Indonesia, several requirements must be met. Requirements for VITAS include a recommendation letter from a sponsor and/or a company, an application form in duplicate to be submitted with two passport-sized photographs, an authorization letter from the Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration, an updated and complete resume, a passport with at least one blank page for a visa, and evidence of payment of the administrative fee in the form of a money order. This fee varies depending on the country of origin.
Requirements for ITAS include a recommendation letter from a sponsor and/or a company, a valid passport and photocopies of all pages of the passport, a valid VITAS, a complete and updated resume, two photocopies of an Expatriate Placement Plan which are to be obtained from any company able to supply them, and evidence of payment of the administrative fee.
Once these requirements have been fully met, the application procedure can now begin. The first step to be taken is that of applying for a VITAS. The process of applying for a VITAS begins at the Indonesian Embassy in the applicant’s home country. The applicant must then obtain a recommendation letter from the Directorate of General Immigration before gathering and submitting all the necessary documents required for VITAS application to the Indonesian Embassy.
The embassy will then take three days to process the application. However, those who apply for a VITAS ought to take three important points into consideration. The first is that a VITAS is only valid if presented three months after the date of issuance. The second is that having an Indonesian contact is an important advantage in order for one to receive a recommendation letter. The third is that payment of administration fees does not guarantee the success of the application. In the event that the application ends up being unsuccessful, there are no refunds for the fees paid.
Those who succeed in their VITAS application are advised to apply for an ITAS within seven days after arrival in Indonesia. Failure to submit an application within seven days makes the guilty party required to pay a fine for each day after during which no application is submitted. To apply for an ITAS, an applicant is required to visit the nearest police station and immigration office to obtain the permit. The entire process may take anywhere between 25 days and four months. During this waiting period, applicants are not allowed to leave the country. The chances of being granted an ITAS are very high despite the long waiting period. Once this period has lapsed, the applicant will be given an ITAS card, also known as a KITAS.
If you are interest in receiving a visa or becoming a permanent resident of Indonesia yourself, we at Paul Hype Page & Co are able to be of assistance to you. Our team understands much about the inner workings of the process of becoming a permanent resident of Indonesia and is thus able to help you become one without encountering any undue difficulties.
Advantages Which Accompany Permanent Resident Status in Indonesia
Permanent resident status in Indonesia comes with many benefits. In a bid to make foreigners feel comfortable and give them a sense of belonging while they live in Indonesia, the government has provided them with many benefits. Some of the benefits include the ability to freely travel throughout of the country, a legal tax number, the right to become an investor or director of a company, and permission to move freely within Indonesia.
Permanent residents of Indonesia are also allowed to marry an Indonesian citizen and jointly own property with their spouse anywhere within the country, participate in civic forums such as general elections and constitutional amendments, receive an Indonesian ID with a validity of five years which can be used for the purposes of identification at airports, become eligible for car ownership, open a bank account, apply for loans from any bank within Indonesia, pay local prices which are lower than those of foreign tourists at tourist attraction sites, and obtain a multiple exit and re-entry permit which has a validity of two years and allows its bearer to freely enter and exit the country as desired.
Revocation of Permanent Resident Status in Indonesia
After being granted permanent resident status in Indonesia, some permanent residents may begin to misuse the status after a certain time period of stay. This may lead to consequences which put their stay a risk. Some of the consequences may lead to the revocation of their permit by the Directorate of General Immigration. Instances in which one’s permanent resident status in Indonesia may be revoked include the following: when the holder is subject to Immigration Administrative Action, when the Indonesian Directorate of General Immigration establishes that the holder provided incorrect information during the application process, when the holder has been found to have violated the Integration Statement, when the holder has been proven to have committed a grievous criminal offense, when the holder has been found guilty of engaging in activities which threaten Indonesia’s national security, when the holder has been found to have been offering employment opportunities to unauthorized foreign workers, or when the marriage of a holder who is legally married to an Indonesian citizen is to be dissolved by way of divorce and/or court decision unless the marriage has lasted for a period of ten years or more.
Becoming a Permanent Resident of Indonesia FAQs
The steady growth of Indonesia’s economy has caused more people from all over the world are opting to move the country to test the waters. Among these people, many choose to become permanent residents of Indonesia. Although it is not easy to become a permanent resident of Indonesia, the government is working towards amending the regulations in order to make it easier for anyone to do so. This is a move which is intended to increase business activities conducted by foreigners in the country in an effort to boost the country’s economic growth.
It is important to note that there are significant differences between a permanent resident and a citizen of Indonesia. A permanent resident is granted the right to live in Indonesia on an indefinite basis. Permanent residency also allows one to continue holding the citizenship of the permanent resident’s country of origin. On the other hand, an Indonesian citizen is one who does not require any form of permit to live in Indonesia because Indonesia would be where the citizen born and raised. However, Indonesian citizens are not eligible for dual citizenship according to the laws of the land.