What is KITAS and Why is It Important?
KITAS stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas. It is a limited stay permit in Indonesia or a temporary residency permit that is valid for six months to one year. As being the most common type of a permit for foreign residents, it requires an Indonesian sponsorship and allows holders to live in Indonesia for up to five years, with subsequent renewal every twelve months.
If you wish to work or stay in Indonesian territory for a longer period as foreigners, obtaining a limited stay permit in Indonesia, KITAS will become your primary goal.
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Limited Stay Permit (e-Kitas) Requirements & Procedure
1. Limited stay permit is given to:
a. Foreigners who enter the Indonesian territory with the limited stay visa (VITAS) or convert from a visit permit ( B211 index visa) for following purposes:
– as investors, as experts, as clergy or clerics;
– for reunion with a spouse who is a KITAS holder;
– to conduct scientific research;
– to enroll for education or training participants;
– for reunion of children of a foreign national with his/her Indonesian national father and/or mother who have a legal family relationship;
– for reunion of children under 18 year old and unmarried with his/her father and/or mother who are KITAS holders;
– as a foreigner who formerly held Indonesian nationality; and
– as a tourist over the age of 55 years. (Special condition apply to this category)
b. A child who is born in Indonesian territory while his/her father and/or mother are KITAS holders.
c. Ship captains, crew or any foreign scientists working on a marine vessel, floating structure or installation operating in Indonesian waters and its jurisdiction according the laws.
d. Foreigners who are married with an Indonesian spouse
e. Children of foreigners who are married with Indonesian spouse
2. Short Term Workers; The limited stay permits is required for foreigners for short-term-engagement;
3. Limited stay permit will expire due to: Return to foreigner’s home country or another country with no intention of re-entering Indonesia;
- Return to foreigner’s home country or another country with no intention of re-entering Indonesia;
- Return to foreigner’s home country and not re-entering Indonesia before the expiry date of re-entry permit;
- Obtaining Indonesian citizenship;
- Expiry of permit date;
- Conversion of limited stay permit to permanent stay permit;
- Cancellation of the KITAS by the Minister or appointment immigration officer;
- Deportation; or
- The event of decease of stay holder.
General requirements and compulsory documents:
- Completed application form;
- Sponsor/guarantor letter (Exemption: foreigners who are married to an Indonesian citizen);
- Passport and a copy of passport photo/biodata page, visa, and recent arrival stamp;
- A valid entry permit date and date by which report to the immigration office (please check your arrival stamp;
- Domicile letter from local authority;
- Point d. and e. are exempted for ship captains, crew, or foreign experts working on a vessel, floating structure or installation in Indonesian waters
Specific Requirements as follows :
a. Investors, experts, and clergy/clerics must provide :
– A letter of Recommendation from related Ministry or other government agency
– RPTKA (foreign workers utilization plan) document from the Ministry of Manpower.
b. Foreigners who are intending to enroll in education and training, or to carry out scientific research must provide a recommendation letter from the related ministry or other government agency (The Ministry of Education and Culture, Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Level Education, or LIPI (Indonesia Science Board).
c. Children born in Indonesia whose father and/or mother are KITAS holders must provide a copy of:
- The child’s birth certificate;
- The parents’ marriage certificate from the government office
- Parents’ passports
- Parents’ current KITAS
d. Foreigners married to an Indonesian must provide a :
- Copy of their marriage certificate from the government office;
- Copy of their marriage report letter from the Indonesian Embassy or Consulate in their country and also from the civil registration office in Indonesia for spouses married abroad;
- Letter from the Indonesian spouse to the immigration office confirming their marriage and a request for a KITAS for the foreign spouse;
- Copy of a valid Indonesian identity card of the Indonesian spouse;
- Copy of the Indonesian family card issued by their local authority.
e. Children of a foreigner who is married to an Indonesian, must provide a :
- Copy of their birth certificate;
- Copy of the parents’ marriage certificate from the government office;
- Request letter for a KITAS from their parents;
- Copy of the parent’s valid Indonesian identity card;
- Copy of the parent’s Indonesian family card.
f. Foreigners who intend to accompany his/her spouse who is a KITAS holder, must provide a :
- Copy of their marriage certificate from their government office;
- Copy of the relevant spouse’s current KITAS;
g. Foreign national children who are intending to join with their Indonesian father and/or mother, must provide a :
- Copy of their birth certificate;
- Copy of parents’ marriage certificate from the government office;
- Request letter for a KITAS from their parents;
- Copy of parents’ valid Indonesian identity card.
h. Children under 18 years old and unmarried who are intending to join with his/her father and/or mother who are KITAS/KITAP holders, must provide a copy of :
- Their birth certificate;
- Their parents’marriage certificate from the government office;
- Parents’current KITAS.
i. Former or ex-Indonesian Citizens, must provide any evidence/documents that s/he was an Indonesian citizen
j. Tourists over the age of 55 years applying for a KITAS must provide a sponsor letter from a licenced travel bureau which has an official letter from The Ministry of Tourism.
k. Ship Captains, crew or any foreign scientists working on a marine vessel, floating structure or installation operating in Indonesian waters and its jurisdiction according the laws, must provide:
– A crew list signed by the ship captain and acknowledged by the immigration officer at an immigration checkpoint;
– A letter of recommendation from the Ministry or other non-ministerial governmental agency.
To extend a stay permit you must provide your previous KITAS (limited stay permit card) with your file application.
A limited stay permit application must be filed by a foreigner or guarantor by filling out the application form and attaching the requirements and submitted to the head of the immigration office or to the immigration officer whose jurisdiction includes the residence of the foreigner.
The Limited stay permit application by a foreigner who enters Indonesia with a limited stay visa must be submitted within 30 days after arrival.
In the event that the limited stay permit has not been filed within 30 days, the foreigner will be considered as overstaying.
Extension of limited stay permit is granted by the head of the immigration office whose jurisdiction incorporates the foreigner/applicant’s residence for a maximum 1 year at a time and for a maximum 5 times.
A foreigner who applies for conversion from another permit category to a limited stay permit must obtain an approval letter from the office of the Directorate General of Immigration before being issued a KITAS.
Documents need to prepare:
- Sponsorship request letter
- Stamped guarantee letter
- Power of attorney
- Original / copy passport
- Copy of guarantor identity card
- Photo 3 x 4 (2 sheets of red background)
- Domicile from the village
- Telex visa (copy)
Additional if use a company sponsors :
Pemberian Izin Mempekerjakan Tenaga Kerja Asing (IMTA) / Issuance of Expatriate Employment Permit (COPY)
Rencana Penempatan Tenaga Kerja Asing (RPTKA) / Expatriate Placement Plan (COPY)
Dana Pengembangan Keahlian dan Keterampilan (DPKK) / Skill & Development Fund Fee (COPY)
The Limited stay permit is granted for maximum 2 (two) years and is extendable.
Extension of a KITAS is granted for up to 2 (two) years each time, with a maximum stay of six years.
The Limited stay permit for short term workers is granted for a maximum 90 (ninety) days and is extendable.
Extension of the limited stay permit for short term workers is granted for up to 30 (thirty) days with a maximum stay of 180 (one hundred and eighty) days.
The limited stay permit for limited stay visa on arrival holders is granted for a maximum of 30 (thirty) days.
The limited stay permit for limited stay visa on arrival holders is non-extendable.
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