VITAS and KITAS
Expats planning to live and work in Indonesia need to obtain a semi-resident permit known as a VITAS (Visa Izin Tinggal Terbatas). This permit is valid for one year but can be extended. Expats require a sponsor in Indonesia, such as a family member or employer, to assist them with the visa process and apply on their behalf at the immigration office in Indonesia.
Expats in possession of a VITAS can then apply for a temporary residency permit (KITAS) which is valid for five years. This can be applied for through the local immigration office in Indonesia.
Expats will need to apply for their VITAS and have it placed in their passport before arriving in Indonesia.
Once all the paperwork for the VITAS is completed, most expats will be issued with a “foreign expert” KITAS. Expats will also be issued a Foreigner’s Control and Supervision book which tracks changes in their immigration status. It is important that both this book and the KITAS are kept in a safe place. Expats will have to renew their KITAS every year, and this can be done for a maximum of five years.
A KITAP is a permanent residency permit. Expats can apply for permanent residency after they have lived in Indonesia for three consecutive years. However, if expats are married to an Indonesian national they are able to apply for the KITAP after two years.