Obtain Citizenship in Indonesia

Updated on Thursday 12th April 2018

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Those who want to relocate to Indonesia have several ways of doing it. One of the easiest ways is by obtaining a job, therefore an employment permit. They also have the possibility of acquiring a residence card, which can be temporary or permanent. Those who want to permanently live can apply for Indonesian citizenship.

The main law providing for citizenship in Indonesia is Law No. 12/2006 which replaces the first nationality act issued in 1958. Below, our Indonesia company incorporation advisors explain the requirement for applying for citizenship in this country.

Ways of obtaining an Indonesian passport

In order to obtain citizenship in Indonesia, a foreign citizen must prove that:
  • he or she has lived in Indonesia based on a permanent residence permit;
  • he or she has one or both parents of Indonesian descent.
Those seeking to apply for an Indonesian passport based on a residence permit, must have lived for at least 5 consecutive years here. Those who have stayed in Indonesia for 10 years, even if not on a continuous basis, are also allowed to apply for Indonesian citizenship. This is usually available for employees of Indonesian companies.

Our company formation agents in Indonesia can offer information on the employment of foreign workers.

Requirements to obtain Indonesian citizenship

Before starting the application process for an Indonesian passport, one must know that the authorities here do not accept dual citizenship. Also, the application will be accepted only if the applicant has a clean criminal record.

The following documents must be submitted with the Ministry of Law and Human Rights when applying for citizenship Indonesia:
  • a letter stating the intention of becoming an Indonesian citizen;
  • legalized copy of the birth certificate;
  • copy of the identification papers;
  • 6 recent photographs.
In the case of permanent residents, documents stating the period in which the applicant has lived in Indonesia are also required. Also, an application fee must be paid.
It takes about 2 weeks for the ministry to examine and issue a decree on the applicant’s request.

For full information on the process of applying for Indonesian citizenship, please contact us. We remind you that we can help you start a business in Indoensia.