March 16, 2024


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How to Stay on Bali Permanently - Indonesia Residence Permits








How to Stay on Bali Permanently - Indonesia Residence Permits


Indonesia, an attractive business locale in Southeast Asia, is a popular destination for expatriates and tourists. However, those planning to relocate to Indonesia for work, business, or other reasons must comply with certain immigration requirements, including obtaining a residence permit. Whether you're a digital nomad, a retiree, or an entrepreneur looking to relocate to this Southeast Asian gem, you'll find invaluable information to make your move as smooth as possible. In this article we will cover the ins and outs of obtaining an Indonesia residence permit, the types of visas available, including the KITAS and KITAP

Overview of Residence Permits in Indonesia

Residence permits in Indonesia come in two main types: Temporary and Permanent. The type of permit required depends on the purpose and duration of your stay in Indonesia.

Temporary Residence Permit (KITAS)

The Temporary Residence Permit, known as KITAS (Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas), is issued to foreigners intending to stay in Indonesia for specific purposes. Typically, it is valid for one year and can be extended annually. Please see the table below for common types of KITAS.

Work Visa KITAS The Work Visa KITAS, or Work Permit, is one of the most common types of KITAS issued by the Indonesian Immigration Department. Designed for foreigners who have obtained employment in Indonesia, this permit allows them to reside in the country for an extended period of time.
The process to obtain a Working KITAS begins with securing employment from an Indonesian company willing to act as your sponsor. The sponsoring company must first obtain a Foreign Manpower Utilization Plan (RPTKA) and a Notification from the Ministry of Manpower before the foreign employee can apply for their KITAS. This illustrates the company's need for foreign workers and demonstrates the steps they will take to eventually replace the foreign worker with an Indonesian one.
Once these documents are secured, the employee can apply for the Work Visa KITAS. The application process requires various documents, including a copy of the employment contract, the employee's CV, and a letter of recommendation from the employer.
It is valid for one year but can be extended on a yearly basis for up to five years. Note that holders of a Work Visa KITAS are subject to taxes and must report their earnings to the Indonesian tax authorities. Also, foreigners working in Indonesia are generally expected to learn the local language and culture as a part of the government's policy to foster better understanding and harmony among different communities.
This type of KITAS not only provides the legal means to work and live in Indonesia but also opens the door to the rich and diverse culture of this Southeast Asian country, offering an invaluable personal and professional experience.
Family Visa KITAS The Family Visa KITAS, also known as a spouse-sponsored KITAS, is a type of residence permit available to foreigners married to an Indonesian citizen. This visa allows the holder to live in Indonesia with their spouse on a long-term basis.
In order to obtain a Family Visa KITAS, you will need to provide various documents as part of the application process, including a valid marriage certificate, a copy of your spouse's Indonesian ID card (KTP), and a family card (Kartu Keluarga). The Indonesian sponsor will need to provide a sponsorship letter. The Family Visa KITAS is valid for one year and can be extended on a yearly basis. The major benefit of this type of KITAS is that it allows the foreign spouse to legally reside in Indonesia without the requirement of employment or business ownership. However, it's important to note that a Family Visa KITAS does not automatically grant the right to work in Indonesia. If the foreign spouse intends to work, they will need to apply for a separate work permit.This type of KITAS offers an excellent opportunity to immerse yourself in Indonesian life and culture, and to build a home in this diverse and welcoming country.
Retirement Visa KITAS The Retirement Visa KITAS is a type of Indonesian residence permit designed for foreign nationals aged 55 and above who wish to retire in Indonesia. This permit allows retirees to enjoy their golden years in the tropical paradise of Bali or any other part of Indonesia without the need for employment or family ties in the country.
To qualify for a Retirement Visa KITAS, applicants must provide proof of a regular pension or income that can adequately support their life in Indonesia. Additionally, they must hold valid health and life insurance, and declare their intention to hire an Indonesian maid or other domestic help.
The Retirement Visa KITAS is issued for a year but can be extended on an annual basis, making it a suitable option for those looking to settle permanently in Indonesia post-retirement. It's important to note that while this visa allows for long-term residence, it does not permit the holder to work in Indonesia. Instead, it offers a chance to soak in the tranquility, culture, and warmth that Indonesia offers, providing the perfect setting for a serene and fulfilling retirement.
Student Visa KITAS The Student Visa KITAS is a special type of residence permit intended for foreign nationals who wish to pursue their education in Indonesia. Whether you're considering an undergraduate degree, a postgraduate program, or simply wanting to undertake a language course or other educational endeavor, the Student Visa KITAS facilitates your stay in the country during your period of study.
To obtain it, you must first be accepted into an Indonesian educational institution, which will act as your sponsor during the visa application process. Required documentation typically includes a letter of acceptance from the educational institution, proof of sufficient financial means to support your stay, and a statement confirming your intent to return to your home country after your studies.
The Student Visa KITAS is valid for one year and can be extended annually until the completion of your studies. It's important to note that this visa does not grant the right to work in Indonesia.

Permanent Residence Permit (KITAP)

The Permanent Residence Permit, known as KITAP (Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap), is granted to foreigners who have lived in Indonesia with a KITAS for several consecutive years. This permit allows the holder to stay in Indonesia for an unlimited period and offers similar benefits to Indonesian citizens. The Permanent Stay Permit, or KITAP, is the ultimate goal for many expats residing in Indonesia.

This permit, unlike the various types of KITAS which are temporary and require annual renewal, grants the holder the right to stay in Indonesia on a permanent basis. KITAP can be applied for after the holder has maintained a KITAS for a certain period - typically, three consecutive years for those with a work or family KITAS, or after four consecutive years for those with a retirement KITAS. Students are generally not eligible for KITAP.

The application for KITAP requires the sponsorship of an Indonesian entity (company or spouse), proof of a stable income or financial independence, and an endorsement of good conduct among other documents. The KITAP is valid for five years and is extendable indefinitely, offering much greater stability and certainty compared to the KITAS.

While the KITAP still doesn't grant the right to work unless the holder has a valid work permit, it does allow for more freedom and flexibility in other areas of life in Indonesia, such as the ability to apply for credit or a driver's license.

Applying for a Temporary Residence Permit (KITAS)

The application process for a KITAS involves several steps and varies depending on its type.

Application Process

  • Secure Sponsorship: To apply for a KITAS, you need a sponsor. The sponsor is typically your employer if you're applying for a Work Visa KITAS. For a Family Visa KITAS, your spouse or the primary KITAS holder can sponsor your application.
  • Obtain a VITAS: Before receiving a KITAS, you must first obtain a VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas), a Limited Stay Permit Visa. This is granted by the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate with the approval of the Indonesian Immigration Department before you travel to Indonesia.
  • Acquire an ITAS: On arrival in Indonesia, you will receive an ITAS (Izin Tinggal Terbatas), a Temporary Stay Permit, stamped in your passport by the Indonesian Immigration Offices.
  • Receive your KITAS: Finally, the Indonesian Immigration will issue you a KITAS, an ID card indicating your ITAS immigration status.

Necessary Documents

The documents required for a KITAS vary depending on its type. However, some common documents include:

  • Your valid passport and its copy
  • Proof of funds
  • Two passport-size colored pictures
  • Additional documents specific to the type of KITAS you are applying for (e.g., CVs, work experience certificates, and company-related documents for Work Visa KITAS, and ID Card, Family Card, and Bank Statement of the Indonesian spouse for Family Visa KITAS).

Applying for a Permanent Residence Permit (KITAP)

After holding a KITAS for a minimum of five consecutive years, you become eligible for a KITAP.

Application Process

  •  Secure Sponsorship: Similar to a KITAS, you need a sponsor for a KITAP application.
  • Submit the Required Documents: Depending on your specific situation and the request of the Immigration officers, you may need to submit various documents, including the KITAP renewal application form, a letter from your sponsor, your valid passport, and any other documents related to your immigration status.
  • Pay the Renewal Fee: You must pay a renewal fee when extending your KITAS to a KITAP.

Living and Working in Indonesia with a KITAS or KITAP

In essence, the journey towards obtaining your Indonesian residence permit is much more than a bureaucratic process—it's the passport to your next chapter of boundless exploration and growth. Indonesia, with its vibrant landscapes and warm, welcoming culture, is the perfect place for digital nomads, entrepreneurs, and anyone desiring to unplug from the familiar. The island of Bali, in particular, whispers a promise of tranquil beaches, lush rice terraces, and a thriving, innovative community ready to inspire and be inspired.

Obtaining a residence permit is a crucial step for anyone planning to live or work in Indonesia. By understanding the different types of permits and their application processes, you can better prepare for a smooth transition to life in this vibrant Southeast Asian country. Remember to seek professional advice if you're unsure about any aspect of the process, and always keep yourself updated with the latest immigration regulations and policies.


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Fast application processing

up to 8 weeks


Global mobility and freedom

Visa-free travel to 193 countries, including the EU, UK, Canada, China, and the United States


Business opportunities

International expansion: register your company and get access to Singapore free economic zones


Global mobility and freedom

The corporate tax rate is 0% for resident companies for the first three years and up to 9% for non-resident companies on their first $200,000 net profit. VAT: 8%


Low tax rates on personal income

Individuals are only taxed on income earned in Singapore at a variable rate between 0% to 22%. No tax on property and inheritance


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Residence permit allows you to work, do business and study


Potential path to Singapore citizenship in 5 years

Residents can apply for Singapore citizenship after 5 years


Global mobility and freedom

Family members can apply for a residence permit together with the main applicant


No requirements on the duration of stay in the country

No minimum stay requirements to maintain and extend the status


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Sign a service agreement, fill out an application form online, and pay service fees.


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