This article is Everything You Need to Know About KITAS. In this comprehensive guide for expats moving to Indonesia, we will talk you through the application process and understand various KITAS types. Whether you’re planning a career move, joining family, or considering retirement, read on for a smooth transition into the vibrant life of Indonesia.
What is KITAS?
KITAS stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas, which means Temporary Stay Permit Card. It is a residence permit that allows foreigners to live or work in Indonesia for up to 12 months, but which can be extended if needed.
How can I apply for a KITAS?
To apply for a KITAS, you need to have a sponsor in Indonesia, such as your employer, spouse, or family member. Your sponsor has to obtain a VITAS (Temporary Stay Visa) for you from the Indonesian Immigration Department. You will then receive a VITAS from the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in your country. After you arrive in Indonesia, you have to report to the immigration office and convert your VITAS into a KITAS within 30 days.
What are the requirements for a KITAS?
The requirements for a KITAS vary depending on the type of KITAS you are applying for. The most common types of KITAS are: Work Visa KITAS, Family Visa KITAS, Retirement Visa KITAS, and Student Visa KITAS. Some of the general requirements are:
- An ITAS application from the sponsor
- A statement and guarantee letter from the sponsor (with IDR 10,000 stamp duty)
- Sponsor’s identity card
- ITAS application form
- Original and copy of passport
- Domicile certificate from RT/RW (neighbor/ community association) or hotel or apartment
- ITAS approval telex
- Additional documents depending on the type of KITAS (such as work permit, marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.)
The whole process can take up to several months and involves a lot of paperwork and fees. Therefore, it is advisable to consult with your employer and a professional visa agent before applying for a work permit in Indonesia.
Can I work in Indonesia with a KITAS?
It depends on the type of KITAS you have. If you have a Work Visa KITAS, then you are allowed to work for an Indonesian company or organization that has obtained a work permit (IMTA) for you from the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower. If you have a Family Visa KITAS, Retirement Visa KITAS, or Student Visa KITAS, then you are not allowed to work. . For that, you need to be sponsored by an Indonesian employer who has to obtain a work permit (IMTA) for you.
Can I apply for a KITAS without a sponsor?
No, you cannot apply for a KITAS without a sponsor. A sponsor is a person or an entity that invites and guarantees your stay in Indonesia. The sponsor can be your employer, spouse, family member, or an organization that you are affiliated with. The sponsor has to obtain a VITAS (Temporary Stay Visa) for you from the Indonesian Immigration Department before you can apply for a KITAS. Without a sponsor, you will not be eligible for a KITAS.
What is the difference between KITAP and KITAS?
The difference between KITAP and KITAS is that KITAP is a permanent stay permit, while KITAS is a temporary stay permit. KITAP allows you to stay in Indonesia indefinitely without needing to renew it regularly, while KITAS requires annual renewal. KITAP also gives you more flexibility and benefits than KITAS, such as the ability to work without a work permit, own property, and apply for Indonesian citizenship.
How can I convert my KITAS to a KITAP?
To apply for a KITAP, you need to have a sponsor in Indonesia, such as your employer, spouse, or family member. Your sponsor has to submit an application for conversion status from KITAS to KITAP to the Immigration Office covering your area of residence. You also need to provide various documents, such as your passport, KITAS, domicile certificate, and additional documents depending on your category. The conversion process may take several weeks or months, depending on the Immigration Office’s workload and the completeness of your documents.
Can I apply for a work permit with KITAP?
It depends on the type of KITAP you have and the kind of work you want to do. Only holders of a spouse-sponsored KITAP by marriage to an Indonesian citizen have the right to work to provide for their family. However, if you work for an Indonesian company, you will need a work permit (IMTA) issued by your employer.
If you have a KITAP as a foreign investor, director, or commissioner in an Indonesian company (PT PMA), you can also work in Indonesia, but you need to have a valid work permit (IMTA) and a Foreign Worker Employment Plan (RPTKA) approved by the Ministry of Manpower. If you have a KITAP as a retiree, you are not allowed to work in Indonesia.
What is the cost of a work permit in Indonesia?
The cost of a work permit in Indonesia varies depending on the type and duration of your stay permit. According to the web search results, the main costs are:
- A monthly fee of $100 that your employer has to pay to the Ministry of Manpower for choosing a foreign worker.
- • A processing fee for your limited stay permit (ITAS) and temporary stay permit card (KITAS) that ranges from Rp. 750,000 to Rp. 12,000,000, depending on the type of ITAS and length of stay in Indonesia.
Therefore, the total cost of a work permit in Indonesia for one year can be between $1,800 and $13,200, depending on your situation. However, this does not include other expenses, such as visa fees, travel costs, medical check-ups, etc. You should consult with your employer and a professional visa agent for more details.
How can I check my visa status online
To check your visa status online, you can follow these steps:
- Access the website address: visa.imigrasi.go.id
- Input your application number in the Nomor Permohonan field
- Click the Cari button to see your application status information
You can find your application number on your receipt or fax confirmation.