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Permanent stay permit KITAP in Indonesia.

If you are looking to stay in Indonesia permanently, Permanent stay permit KITAP is highly recommended. This visa is not as easy to get, but with the help of our professional immigration team, we will make your wish to stay in Indonesia possible.

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What is a KITAP?

KITAP is a permanent stay permit, which is quite difficult to obtain but provides enormous benefits to foreigners who wish to establish their livelihood in Indonesia.

KITAP stands for Kartu Izin Tinggal Tetap which translates as permanent stay permit card.

You can only apply for a KITAP once you have obtained a KITAS (limited stay permit) and had extended the latter multiple times. Unlike any other stay permits in Indonesia, the KITAP is valid for five years. If after five years there are no changes to the status of the expat, the visa is extended automatically; you need to apply for a new card.

Types of KITAP.

The requirements and conditions vary depending on your eligibility. Below are a few examples:

KITAP for foreigners with an Indonesian spouse

Foreigners legally married to an Indonesian can convert their KITAS into a KITAP after two years of marriage. Your spouse will be the sponsor of your KITAP.

Keep in mind that you will not be eligible to apply for a KITAP if you haven’t had a KITAS first. The marriage itself make you automatically eligible.

After two times obtaining KITAP, a foreigner has rights for citizenship by applying to the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

Foreign investors, directors and commissioners working in an Indonesian company

The candidates mentioned above can apply for the KITAP once they have been working with the same Indonesian company for five years in a row in the same position.

Benefits of having a KITAP.

The most significant benefit of the KITAP is that you are allowed to stay in the country without extending your stay permit and visiting the immigration department every year. In addition, you will be eligible to apply for:
  • Indonesian ID with a validity of five years
  • Local driver’s license (SIM) with a validity of five years
  • Bank account
  • Credit card
  • Loan
  • Local prices to tourist attractions
  • MERP with a validity of two years, allowing you to enter and exit the country as you like
  • If you are married to an Indonesian citizen, then you will be eligible for a joint ownership over a property
Elibigility criteria

Who is eligible for a KITAP.

You are eligible to apply for a KITAP if you are:

  • Married to an Indonesian citizen
  • An investor, director or commissioner in an Indonesian Company
  • Planning to retire in Indonesia
  • An Indonesian regaining your citizenship

Taking care of the whole application process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice

Advice on acquiring a relevant visa in Indonesia and requirements for a successful application.

Application tracking

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Document issuance

Arranging for issuance of your relevant visa upon in-principle approval.

Visa renewals

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Application process and timeline

How to apply for a KITAP.

Although the application requirements differ depending on the type of KITAP, all eligible applicants need to have a sponsor. This can be your Indonesian spouse, a PT PMA company or an agent like Acclime. Our team will collect the following documents to submit your application:
  • Your passport
  • Your KITAS
  • Sponsor letter
  • Indonesian ID (KTP) of your sponsor
  • Tax obligation main number (NPWP)

Foreign investors also need to bring their work permit (IMTA) and the legal documents of the sponsoring company. The process usually takes approximately three months.

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Puji Gulo, Business development executive