The Importance of KITAS and KITAP for Foreigners in Indonesia – KITAS & KITAP or Limited/Permanent Stay Permit Card are needed if foreigners want to work and stay in Indonesian territory for a short or long period of time. KITAS & KITAP can be renewed as needed according to the regulations in article 23 of the Minister of Law and Human Rights Regulation number 27 of 2014 concerning Technical Procedures for Granting, Extension, Rejection, Cancellation and Termination of Visiting Permit, Limited Stay Permit, and Permanent Stay Permit in Indonesia and Exclusion of the Obligation to Hold a Residence Permit.
KITAS is a limited stay permit card in Indonesia that is given to foreigners both for the purpose of working or staying in Indonesia which is limited for six months to two years. As a type of stay permit that is most often used by foreigners. The limited stay permit requires an Indonesian sponsor. By having this permit, you can stay in Indonesia for a maximum of five years, with an extension of each validity period that expires annually/per two years. For the record: 6 months KITAS can not be extended, it can only be used once.
KITAP is a permanent residence permit card given to foreigners who will stay in Indonesia for a long time. The term of the KITAP is 5 years and the re-entry permit is 2 years and can be extended for an unlimited period of time provided as long as the residence permit is not canceled.
Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP/ITAP) can be granted to (through status transfer):
- Foreigners holding a limited stay permit as clergy, workers, investors, and elderly;
- Family due to inter-state marriage;
- Husband, wife, and/or child of a foreigners holding a permanent stay permit; and
- Foreigners who are former Indonesian citizens and former subjects of dual citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia.
Permanent Stay Permit (KITAP/ITAP) also can be granted to (directly without going through the status transfer):
- Former subjects of children with dual citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia who choose foreign citizenship;
- Children of foreigners who are holders of Permanent Stay Permits born in Indonesia; and
- Indonesian citizens who lost Indonesian citizenship in the Indonesian Territory.