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Immigrate to Indonesia

Immigrate to Indonesia

Foreign nationals may choose to immigrate to Indonesia for various purposes such as investment, employment or reuniting with a family member, should this apply in their case. Obtaining an immigration permit that will suit their needs is important and it is performed according to the local policies, a process that can be facilitated by our team of experts specializing in immigration to Indonesia. Obtaining the right type of visa (for short business purposes) or an immigration permit (for lengthier business purposes) is a key step for foreign investors who are interested in company formation in Indonesia.

 Quick Facts  
Entry visa requirement (from EU)  (YES/NO)  Yes

 Entry visa requirement (outside EU) (YES/NO)

Yes, with some exceptions (Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, etc.)

Types of visas available


– tourism,

– work,

– business,

– retirement,

– family reunification,

– other purposes of visit.

Visas are converted into a temporary stay permits after arrival; conditions apply.

 Time frame for obtaining work visa (approx.)  10 weeks
Validity of temporary residence permit

1 year in most cases

 Temporary residence permit renewal requirements

 Complete documentation (application form, passport, proof of continuous compliance with the conditions for the temporary residence permit, according to its type) and proof of lawful residence in Indonesia

 Documents for obtaining a residence permit

– foreigner’s personal documents (passport, other ID),

– proof of adequate sponsor in Indonesia,

– documents attesting the reason for the temporary stay (work, investment, etc.)

 Time frame for obtaining permanent residence (approx.)

30 working days

Investor Visa availability 

– One-Year Temporary Stay Visa for Foreign Investors (Index C313)

– Two-Year Temporary Stay Visa for Foreign Investors (Index C314)

Start-up Visa Scheme availability 

No special start-up scheme, the visa for foreign investors applies (with the minimum prescribed investment)  

 Sponsorship requirement 


 Time frame for obtaining citizenship

A 5-year minimum uninterrupted residence is needed before applying for citizenship.

Citizenship/Residency by investment scheme availability

Foreign investors follow the regular residency and citizenship route.

 Taxation of foreign citizens

Residents are taxed on their worldwide income and non-residents on their Indonesian-source income.

The provisions of double taxation agreements apply and can mitigate taxation.

 Tax benefits for expats

Concessions on the flat 20% withholding tax for non-residents are available where a DTA is in force.

Our packages suited to foreign investors also take this aspect into consideration and our immigration lawyers in Indonesia are able to answer any questions of you plan on relocating to the country for investment purposes.

Immigration in Jakarta for investors

Foreign nationals who enter Indonesia are expected to apply for short-term visas as well as long-term ones that will then provide them with the opportunity to apply for the permits needed to remain in the country for longer periods.

The main types of Indonesian visas that foreign nationals can apply for are the following:

  1. Business: there are two possibilities, the single entry visitor visa (B211A or B211B) or the visa on arrival;
  2. Investor: the temporary stay visa for a maximum of one year (C313) or the temporary stay visa for a maximum of two years (C314)
  3. Work: the temporary stay visa for work, which allows the holder to engage in various types of activities;
  4. Other: study, family reunification, retirement, meetings, scientific research, and others.

Investors who are interested in immigration in Jakarta for the purpose of incorporating a company here, can apply for the investor visa and/or a temporary stay permit with varying validity as needed. Our team can provide complete assistance during the application process, in addition to the services we offer for the incorporation of the business. With our help, you will be able to arrive in Indonesia, in Jakarta, or another chosen city, and start the company formation process.

Foreign nationals interested in immigration to Indonesia will be treated as residents for tax purposes, based on their long-term stay in the country. Expatriates, as well as all individual tax residents, are required to register for tax, however, exemptions apply in the case of those who earn less than the non-taxable income threshold. Our accountants in Indonesia can give you complete details about tax compliance for individuals.

Investor visa requirements

Individuals who wish to migrate to Indonesia for company formation purposes can first apply for a temporary visa for a foreign investor with a maximum of 2 years. The following requirements are in place:

  • Recommendations: a recommendation letter from the competent authority in the investment field is needed, as well as a guarantee letter from the Guarantor; our team can give you more details about this requirement if you wish to immigrate to Indonesia in order to invest in a certain field.
  • Identification documents: copy of a valid passport with a validity period of at least 30 months;
  • Proof of income: the applicant must show that he can sustain himself/or family while in the country; at least 1,500 USD is required;
  • Others: color photographs according to the specifications (color, with a white background).

Our team can give you more details about immigration in Jakarta and the temporary visa for investment purposes.  

You can watch the video below for a summary of the immigration requirements:


Immigration fees

The Indonesian Directorate General of Immigration, under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, established the following fees for the immigration documents:

  • 500,000 IDR for the 30-day visitor stay permit grant;
  • 750,000 IDR for the 60-day visitor stay permit grant;
  • 1,000,000 IDR for the temporary stay permit for 6 months and 1,500,000 for the temporary stay permit for 1 year;
  • 5,000,000 IDR for the permanent stay permit grant (ITAP) for 5 years and 10,200,000 IDR for the unlimited permanent permit stay permit grant.

Those who wish to migrate to Indonesia for investment purposes, as presented above, will apply for a combination of these permits and/or visa. The following may be required per each application:

  • Visa approval;
  • Temporary stay visa;
  • Temporary stay permit (with a varying fee depending on the duration of the stay);
  • Multiple re-entry permit (the fee also depends on the duration of the stay).

Fines are also in place for those who do not observe the permit policies. For example, foreign nationals who remain in the country for less than 60 days past the permit’s expiry date face a fee of 1,000,000 IDR. Please keep in mind that these fees apply if you wish to migrate to Indonesia, however, they can be subject to change.

We advise interested individuals to reach out to our immigration lawyers in Indonesia before making their submissions in order to find out the fees and how they are expected to prepare the documents for the permit.

Our lawyers in Indonesia can help you understand the requirements you need to comply with, your options based on the type of residence permit you are willing to apply for, as well as ongoing assistance for ensuring compliance with the residency requirements in force. We can also help you with legal representation in front of the immigration authorities.

If you choose to immigrate to Indonesia to open and run a company here, our team can assist you. We provide complete incorporation packages as well as virtual office services.

Contact us for more information about how we can help you during the process required for immigration to Indonesia.