ITAP/KITAP – Permanent Stay Permit/Card
The KITAP is a permanent stay permit for foreigners living in Indonesia and is valid for five years. at the first renewal, you can apply for subsequent life-long extension. You will still need to report back to immigration every two years to renew your MERP, and every five years to review the status of your sponsor.
ITAP = Izin Tinggal Tetap (Permanent Stay Permit). This is the immigration status/permit by itself. It is evident by the stamp that the immigration office stamps into your passport.
KITAP = Kartu Izin Tinggal Terbatas (Permanent Stay Permit Card). This is the card that immigration will give you after the ITAP has been granted.
ITAP can be issued to:
- Expatriate spouses of Indonesian citizens (after you have been married for 2 years and after holding a ITAS for 3 years in a row). If you have been married more than 10 years, the KITAP is valid for life, even if the expat/Indonesian couple divorces.
- Foreign investors or primary shareholder of PT / PMA companies
- High ranking employees of Indonesian companies (usually director or commissioner)
- Retirees (age 55 or older)
- Former Indonesian citizens who want to reclaim their Indonesian nationality
Concerning ITAP, here are the two main articles of Law No. 6 of 2011 on Immigration that govern this stay permit:
1. Pasal 54 / Article 54
(1) Izin Tinggal Tetap dapat diberikan kepada:
- Orang Asing pemegang Izin Tinggal terbatas sebagai rohaniwan, pekerja, investor, dan lanjut usia.
- Keluarga karena perkawinan campuran.
- Suami, istri, dan/atau anak dari Orang Asing pemegang Izin Tinggal Tetap.
- Orang Asing eks warga negara Indonesia dan eks subjek anak berkewarganegaraan ganda Republik Indonesia.
(1) A Permanent Residence Permit may be given to:
- A Foreign national who holds a Temporary Residence Permit as a religious cleric/missionary, expatriate worker, investor, or retiree.
- A member of a mixed marriage family.
- The husband, wife, and/or child of a foreign national who holds a Permanent Residence Permit.
- A foreign national who is a former Indonesian citizen or held dual citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia and another country.