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Golden Visa and Other Updates on The Indonesian Immigration Framework

The Government of Indonesia is seeking to boost economic development in various sectors, including the immigration sector, after being hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Government amends the immigration framework to attract high-skilled talents and a greater amount of investments to create a conducive climate for investment in Indonesia through the issuance of Government Regulation Number 40 of 2023 regarding the Fourth Amendment to Government Regulation Number 31 of 2013 regarding the Implementing Regulation of Law Number 6 of 2011 regarding Immigration. 

The highly anticipated update through the recently issued Government Regulation is the Golden Visa policy. In general, a golden visa is a policy issued by the Government of a country to grant stay permits to foreign citizens who have invested in the country concerned. In Indonesia, golden visa holders not only get a temporary stay permit but can also obtain several benefits such as: easier immigration and visa application procedures and requirements, multiple entries, longer stay periods, and the right to acquire assets in the country. 

Several key changes to the immigration framework introduced through the newly issued regulation are: 

NoPermit TypesSubjectUpdated Framework (Government Regulation Number 40 of 2023)Previous Framework (Government Regulation Number 31 of 2013)
1.Visit Visa and Visit Stay Permit Purposes of Visit for Multiple-Entry Visit VisaFor government duty, education, social and cultural matters, tourism, pre-investment, business, family, journalism, or transit. For government duty, pre-investment, business, and family-related matters. 
Validity Period of Multiple-Entry Visit Visa10 years5 years
Removal of Provisions on Limited Stay Visa (Visa Tinggal Terbatas, “VITAS”) on Arrival Articles concerning VITAS on Arrival are removed. This removal ensures that VITAS applications can only be submitted prior to arrival in Indonesia. Possibility of obtaining VITAS on Arrival at certain immigration checkpoints. 
Visit Stay PermitSingle-entry visit stay permit can be extended for the same period as the multiple-entry visit stay permit, which is at a maximum of 180 days, and is extendable for an aggregate period not exceeding 12 months. Single-entry visit stay permit is extendable for a maximum of four times, with a period of 30 days for each extention. 
Length of Visit Stay Permit based on a Visit Visa on ArrivalThe validity of a Visit Stay Permit based on Visit Visa on Arrival is extendable for an aggregate period not exceeding 60 days. The validity of a Visit Stay Permit based on Visit Visa on Arrival is extendable for a maximum of 30 days.
2. VITAS and Limited Stay Permit (Izin Tinggal Terbatas/ITAS)Entry Stamps of Limited Stay Visa HoldersThere is no requirement to convert the entry stamp to ITAS since entry stamps for foreign nationals holding a VITAS also serve as ITAS. Entry stamps are only valid for 30 days. To avoid any charges, foreign nationals holding a VITAS are required to convert their entry stamps to ITAS before the validity of the entry stamps expires. 
Purposes of Visit of VITASNo longer separating the activities falling for work and non-work purposes. Separating work and non-work purposes. 
Validity Period of ITAS10 years A maximum of 2 years, and is extendable for an aggregate period not exceeding 6 years. 
ITAS for Nautical Professionals Simplified prerequisites for the application of ITAS for nautical professionals.Applications to obtain an ITAS for the nautical professionals can be submitted before or after entering Indonesian waters. 

It is mandatory to submit the applications after 30 days of receiving the entry stamp. 

  3. Permanent Stay Permit (Izin Tinggal Tetap/ITAP)  Document Requirements
  • Provide a Proof of Guarantee instead of copies of Limited Stay Permit and domicile certificate. 
  • Rather than required to obtain a recommendation from the government agencies, applicants are required to provide additional documents explaining their intent/purpose or status in Indonesia. 
  • Must provide copies of Limited Stay Permit and domicile certificate.
  • Must provide a recommendation from the government agencies. 

 

  4. Stay PermitsDenial and Cancellation of Stay Permits Reporting to the Immigration Office is sufficient to maintain the validity of ITAS or ITAP of: 

  • A foreign national whose Indonesian husband/wife or Indonesian father/mother passes away.
  • A foreign national whose mixed marriage lasts for 10 years or more, but ends due to a divorce or a court ruling. 
Requirement to be with an Indonesian national as a Guarantor for maintaining the validity of ITAS or ITAP of:

  • A foreign national whose Indonesian husband/wife or Indonesian father/mother passes away.
  • A foreign national whose mixed marriage lasts for 10 years or more, but ends due to a divorce or a court ruling. 
  5. Citizenship StatusCriteria for Changing Citizenship StatusThe introduction of the “repatriation” concept. Repatriation, as defined by the explanation of the Regulation, is the return of foreign nationals and their descendants who were formerly Indonesian citizens to become Indonesian citizens as they wish to settle in Indonesia. 

Improved discretion in classifying the purpose of transition from a visit permit to a limited stay permit. 

No “repatriation” concept.

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