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Guide to Obtaining Residency in Indonesia

Learn how to obtain a residency visa in Indonesia. Expats, Retirees and others who have navigated the process offer advice and guidance for newcomers in Indonesia.
Guide to Obtaining Residency in Indonesia

Obtaining a residency visa in Indonesia is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Indonesia gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency status in Indonesia. These include:
    • Valid passport
    • Proof of financial stability
    • Proof of health insurance
    • Proof of address in Indonesia
  • Visit the local immigration office in Indonesia to apply for residency status. Bring the necessary documents with you.
  • Fill out the application form for residency status. Provide all the necessary information and documents.
  • Pay the applicable fees for residency status.
  • Wait for the immigration office to process your application. This may take several weeks.
  • Once your application is approved, you will receive a residency card. This card will be valid for a certain period of time.
  • Apply for a Tax Number.
    • Visit the local tax office in Indonesia.
    • Fill out the application form for a Tax Number.
    • Provide all the necessary information and documents.
    • Pay the applicable fees for a Tax Number.
    • Wait for the tax office to process your application. This may take several weeks.
    • Once your application is approved, you will receive a Tax Number.

What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Indonesia?

“If you wish to stay in Indonesia for an extended period of time you will need to apply for a long-term residence visa from the Indonesia Immigration Office. Depending on the length of stay and your purpose, you may be required to obtain other visas such as a working visa or study visa before you can apply for the residence visa. Depending on your nationality and the type of visa you need, you may have to submit a valid passport, recent photographs, and a letter of invitation from an Indonesian organization as part of the application process. Furthermore, you may also need to provide an endorsement by a sponsoring organization based in Indonesia and/or financial documents showing you have sufficient funds to support yourself while in the country,” said one expat living in Indonesia.

“The process of applying for a visa in Indonesia typically involves submitting a visa application form to an Indonesian embassy or consulate. Other required documents may include passport photographs, payment, as well as a valid passport. Visitors may need to provide evidence of purpose of stay, such as a letter of invitation and proof of sufficient funds. Depending on the purpose of the stay, different types of visa may be available. The process of applying for residency in Indonesia requires the applicant to register a company in Indonesia, or obtain a work permit sponsored by an Indonesian employer. The applicant may also need to obtain a Temporary Stay Permit from an Immigration Office, and apply for an identity card and residency permit from the local Civil Registry Office. Depending on the type of residence permit, additional documents may be required, such as a local police record check and a Health Booklet,” commented one member living in Indonesia.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

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