Obtain Residence Permit in Indonesia

Updated on Wednesday 29th June 2022

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Indonesia is one of the most appealing business destinations in Southeast Asia, however, those who want to relocate here for that or other purposes must comply with certain requirements. Among these, they must obtain a residence permit.

The Indonesian residence permit can be issued for a limited duration or permanent stay; however, the procedure is different in accordance with the reason for moving here.

Below, our Indonesia company incorporation consultants explain the requirements related to obtaining various types of residence permits here. We can also support those interested in applying for temporary or residence permits in Indonesia.

If you wish to know more about how to immigrate to Indonesia, our team will give you all the needed details.

The temporary and permanent residence permit in Indonesia

As mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are two ways of immigrating to Indonesia: by applying for a temporary residence permit or by applying directly for a permanent one.

The procedure of obtaining an Indonesian residence permit depends on several aspects, among which the reasons for which a person wants to move here and the type of visa they apply for. There are no special requirements based on nationality when applying for a visa for Indonesia.

In 2017 and 2018, the government issued two new regulations related to obtaining residency in Indonesia: Regulation No. 13/2017 on the Procedures for Licensing and Investment Facilities, respectively Regulation No. 20/2018 on Foreign Workers.

Our company formation agents in Indonesia can offer information on both new laws that dictate how one can immigrate to Indonesia. They can also help those interested in starting a business in Indonesia under Regulation No. 13/2017.

How to obtain a temporary residence permit (ITAS) in Indonesia

The temporary residence permit (ITAS) is issued to those wanting to move to Indonesia under one of the following situations:
  1. for work reasons – those who want to work in Indonesia can apply for a temporary residence permit which also requires sponsorship from a local company (the employer);
  2. for marriage purposes – foreign citizens married to an Indonesian national can also obtain a temporary residence permit;
  3. for retirement purposes – foreign citizens can retire to Indonesia provided that they are at least 55 years old and have sufficient funds;
  4. the dependent temporary residence permit which allows a foreign citizen to come join a relative and immigrate to Indonesia;
  5. for business purposes – foreign citizens who want to register companies in Indonesia can apply for temporary residence permits.

The advantage of obtaining a temporary residence permit is that it can be converted into a permanent one after living for three years in Indonesia. 

Our Indonesian company formation advisors can guide foreign businessmen when applying for residence permits.

We can offer tailored accounting services in Indonesia.

The permanent residence permit (KITAP) in Indonesia

The Indonesian permanent residence permit card, or the KITAP, can be applied for immediately after the individual has obtained the fourth ITAS. Special provisions are available for foreigners interested in investing in Indonesia.

Those who want to come to Indonesia based on a permanent residence permit will need to comply with the following requirements:
  • as an investor must hold a director function in a company with the prospect of becoming a shareholder by investing at least 1 billion Rp.;
  • the second option for an investor is to own shares with a value of at least 10 million Rp in a local company;
  • as an individual, any foreign citizen who has obtained a temporary residence permit as a religious worker can convert into a permanent one;
  • a foreign citizen who has at least one Indonesian citizen as a parent can also apply for a permanent residence permit;
  • the husband or wife of a permanent residence permit holder can also apply for obtaining the same status.

It is important to note that in the case of foreign investors, one will be first granted a temporary residence permit and once the conditions above are fulfilled, he or she can become a permanent resident of Indonesia.

Document requirements when applying for residency in Indonesia

The following documents are required when applying for a residence permit in Indonesia:
  • the valid passport (the minimum validity period is one year and a half);
  • the application form issued by the Indonesian authorities;
  • the employment contract for those applying for residency as workers;
  • information about the company the director will occupy a position in, in case of investors;
  • the marriage certificate in the case of those applying for residency as spouses.

The list of documents required is more extensive and particular to each case, which is why we invite you to contact our company registration representatives in Indonesia who are qualified to assist. You can also rely on us if you want to set up a business in Indonesia.