KITAS and KITAP

KITAS & KITAP; THE BASIC UNDERSTANDING

kitas kitap IndonesiaIndonesian KITAS (Limited stay Permit) and Indonesian KITAP (Permanent Stay Permit) is a stay permit given to a foreigner for staying in Indonesian territory within certain period of time. Both KITAS and KITAP is a stay permit given from an Indonesian Immigration authority under certain particular terms and conditions.

 

A. KITAS (INDONESIAN LIMITED STAY PERMIT)

An Indonesian Limited stay Permit, is one of The Indonesian Immigration licenses given to a foreigner for staying in Indonesian territory within certain period of time. The Indonesian Limited stay permit (KITAS) is issued by The Indonesian Immigration Directorate General through The Local immigration Office. The application for obtaining an Indonesian Limited stay Permit (KITAS) is acquired by submitting certain supporting documentations, such as:

 

  1. The letters of guarantee from The nominated Indonesian sponsor;
  2. The applicant original passport;
  3. The Limited stay visa (VITAS);
  4. For minors, they are required to attached his or her original birth certificate and his or her parents ID Card; while for housewife, they are required to attached her marriage certificate and her husband's Identifications card.
  5. 4 piece of latest photograph sized 2x3 cm.

While the immigrations provisions states that any foreigner eligible for obtaining this license are:

  1. a foreigner who's previously possess The Indonesian Limited stay visa;Indonesian stay permit
  2. holder of an Indonesian Limited stay visa;
  3. a foreigner who's working overseas on an Indonesian waters such as a captain, a ship crew, etc.

Prior applying for an Indonesian Limited stay Permit (KITAS) the applicant is required to apply for The Indonesian Limited stay visa (VITAS) which valid for 2 (two) months since the issuance date.

 

a1. The Indonesian Limited Stay Visa (VITAS)

The Indonesian VITAS can be considered as an Invitation Visa, this type of visa is issued in regards to the application made by an Indonesian sponsor in Indonesia in order to invite a foreigner to enter into Indonesian territory. This visa is issued upon the approval made by The Indonesian Immigration Directorate General, towards the application made by a valid Indonesian sponsor which is applying for The Indonesian Limited stay permit (KITAS) for the foreigner.

 

Generally, the VITAS is issued within seven working days since applied by the valid sponsor. The Indonesian VITAS can be collected within the nearest Indonesian Embassy abroad, or it can be specified in accordance with the request made by the applicant of where to send the VITAS to. The validity of an Indonesian VITAS is for two consecutive months and the applicant must collect the Indonesian VITAS within the said two months or before its expired. 

 

B. INDONESIAN PERMANENT STAY PERMIT (KITAP)

An Indonesian Permanent stay Permit (KITAP) is given to a foreigner who's previously held The Indonesian Limited stay Permit (KITAS) for five consecutive years. Generally speaking, The Indonesian Permanent stay permit (KITAP) is the continuation licenses or a conversion stage given to a foreigner after possessing five (5) of The Indonesian Limited stay permit (KITAS), which simply means five consecutive years of staying in Indonesia.

 

The Indonesian Permanent stay permit (KITAP) can be considered as the preliminary stage for becoming an Indonesian Citizen, this Permanent license is obtained by filing an applications to the nearest Indonesian Immigration office & by submitting related supporting documentations.

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