Foreign Nationals May Now Extend Their ITAS/ITAP Outside Indonesia

To follow up and clarify the Director General of Immigration (the “DGIM”) Circular Letter No. IMI-0661.GR.01.01 of 2021 dated March 26, 2021 regarding Visas and Stay Permits During the New Normal Adaptation Period (“CL 0661”), the DGIM issued Circular Letter No. IMI-0158.GR.01.01 of 2021 dated July 16, 2021 on Provisions Regarding Stay Permits for Foreign Nationals with ITAS/ITAP who Reside Overseas (“CL 0158”).

Previously, CL 0661 provides that foreign nationals within Indonesia may extend or apply for a new permit by visiting the local immigration offices. However, CL 0661 did not regulate any procedure for foreign nationals holding Temporary Stay Permits (Izin Tinggal Terbatas or an “ITAS”) or Permanent Stay Permits (Izin Tinggal Tetap or ab “ITAP”) that wish to extend their permits but are outside Indonesia.

By mandate of CL 0158, the immigration offices will receive ITAS/ITAP extension requests for foreign nationals outside Indonesia through their guarantors. The procedure is as follows:

  1. A guarantor submits a copy of passport of the relevant expatriate;
  2. Requests may be submitted without any biometrics, subject to the approval of the DGIM;
  3. Guarantors must report Foreign Nationals’ entry to the Immigration office within 30 days after arrival in order to receive the ITAS/ITAP or Re-entry Permit.

The above procedure may be done by the guarantor manually or electronically.

Provisions regarding immigration will continuously be evaluated as the Covid-19 situation develops.

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July 23, 2021

Please contact Johanes C. Sahetapy-Engel (jsahetapyengel@aksetlaw.com) or Caleb K. N. Sitorus (csitorus@aksetlaw.com) for further information.

 

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