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Your guide to Indonesia visas, citizenship and moving to Indonesia
Why move to Indonesia?
One name for a lot of countries within a country. Indonesia is world’s largest island state with almost 15.000 islands. The differences between these islands can be huge and what your life in Indonesia will be like strongly depends on which place you choose to live.
But wherever you move to, you will likely experience Indonesia’s improving economy and declining poverty. Markets are growing and so is immigration, as every year more people find their way to this beautiful country with a bright looking future.
Indonesia is home to over 300 ethnic groups and each province has their own language, history and religion. The country’s motto is ‘unity in diversity’.
Moving to a country that is so diverse also has its benefits of course. There are endless opportunities to discover new places. The country has the world’s second largest coastline and countless volcanoes, temples and Jakarta, the 13th largest city in the world, all for you to explore.
Indonesia work permits
Immigrants need a work permit to work and live in the country. Application procedures change regularly and the Indonesian government website is not available in English. It is advisable to ask one of the many visa agencies for advice and support with your application.
Finding a job before moving to the country and applying for a work permit is advisable and makes the application procedure a lot easier. Immigrants must apply for a residency permit first, and then the employer can do the work permit application. The permit is job specific so changing jobs or position means the work permit loses its validity and a new one must be obtained.
Youth Mobility Visa
If you are an Australian Citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.
If you can prove a monthly income of approx USD1500 per person and you are over 55 years of age, you can apply for the retirement visa (KITAS) in Indonesia. Your retirement KITAS can be extended annually for a maximum of five years, after which you will be entitled to apply for a KITAP (a permanent stay permit). You need to have life and health insurance and hire a maid locally
To find out if you need a tourist visa to visit Indonesia, please use the VisaHQ tool below.
If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency. If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Indonesia
- If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
- If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident , you are eligible for residency. If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
There are no investment visas for Indonesia
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