Visalogy - Indonesia Visa Application Guide

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It doesn't matter what mode of transport you use to enter Indonesia, you will require a specific to your activities-valid visa that permits you to officially stay in the country for longer than the 60 days period that a Visit Visa allows.

So, in this mini guide of Visalogy - I will try to write a guide of Indonesia visa application for whoever wants or planning to move to the archipelago nation as a temporary resident.

Limited Stay Visa

There are different categories of the Limited Stay Visa which knows as a Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas (KITAS), are available for different types of travelers. KITAS is only valid for up to two years at the cost of US$ 180 and can be extended for up to two years at a time to allow for a maximum stay of six years.

This sort of visa is suitable for foreigners who plan to stay in Indonesia for functions like work, investment, study, research, family reunification, or expatriation; and you can apply for this kind of visa at your nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate.  Alternately, a guarantor established in Indonesia can apply to the Directorate General of Immigration. 

However you decide to proceed, it's advisable first to speak to your nearest Indonesian embassy to find further information regarding the latest requirements specific to the type of KITAS out that you wish to acquire. 

Limited Visa For Work

Changes in government regulations have made it harder than before for foreigners to work in Indonesia.  But, although procedures can at times be challenging, the good thing is that it is still possible.  To work legally in Indonesia, you will first have to submit an application for a work permit (IMTA) and, once this was authorized and issued, the Indonesian immigration authorities will subject your Limited Stay Permit Card (KITAS). 

The IMTA allows one to be given a salary in the country and to work full-time, rather than simply making business trips.  The penalty for not needing a permit can be harsh and may cost up to IDR500 million and five years of imprisonment, so be certain you are conscious of legalities and requirements. 

Foreign nationals aren't permitted to perform in specific businesses in Indonesia (such as recruiting, supply chain management or quality control) and, even if you're allowed to work in the country, the duration of the job permit may vary based upon your industry.

To be eligible for a work permit, you will need to have appropriate qualifications or five years of work experience in an important role.

These following documents will be potentially needed to submit:

  • A completed application
  • A letter from a guarantor
  • A document approving your company's proposal to use foreign manpower -- issued by the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your recent bank statements
  • Recent passport photos
  • Your CV and reference letters
  • Proof of comprehensive health and life insurance for your stay
For you to receive a work permit, the company that's hiring you will need to submit documents, such as their tax amount, business registration certificate, organizational structure, along with your letter of appointment.  

All companies hiring foreign experts are also required to pass an interview in the Ministry of Manpower to obtain the legal documents needed to apply for a work permit.

Limited Stay Visa For Education

If you are planning to pursue a degree at one of the higher education institutions in Indonesia, then it is best to start the application process for your visa as soon as you receive your acceptance letter and can submit the following documents:

  • A completed application
  • A copy of your passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your course
  • Recent passport photos
  • A copy of your return/onward airline tickets
  • The official acceptance letter from your host university, confirming the duration and nature of the course
  • A letter addressed to your nearest Indonesian embassy, which has been written by your host university in Indonesia and confirms your need for a visa
  • Receipts to show that all fees have been settled in advance. If you have been received a scholarship or award, you will need to submit a confirmation letter of this.
  • A copy of your recent bank statements to show you have sufficient funds to cover you living expenses.
  • A recommendation letter from the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Limited Stay Visa for Research

Indonesian Government supports any foreign researchers who want to carry out research as long as they obtain an official permit from authorities in advance. 

If you plan to conduct research in Indonesia, you can apply and upload all documents via the Indonesia Ministry of Research and Technology's portal. After your application for a Foreign Research Permit (TKPIPA) has been reviewed and approved, you can collect your visa at your nearest Indonesian Embassy.

You can then travel to Indonesia and the official permit will be issued to you once you have reported to the Secretariat of Foreign Research Permits in Jakarta after your arrival.

Please be prepared to submit the following documents:
  • A copy of your passport that is valid for at least six months after the date of when you will complete your research in Indonesia.
  • A formal letter of request to do research in Indonesia, a copy of which should be addressed to the Indonesian Embassy or consulate from which you plan to collect the visa before you travel.
  • A detailed copy of your research proposal, which should include your objectives, field research locations, and methodology.
  • A copy of your CV, including a list of publications.
  • Three letters of recommendation -- one from a senior researcher in your field, another from an academic official, and another from an Indonesian representative.
  • Letter(s) of acceptance from the relevant Indonesian academic institution and/or research center.
  • A copy of your recent bank statements to prove you have sufficient funds to cover living expenses and any fees in Indonesia.
  • A medical certificate to prove you are in good physical and mental health.
  • Recent passport photographs.
  • A list of the equipment you plan to bring to Indonesia, with the value of the equipment stated in US dollars.

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