Permanent Family Visa 5 Years

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:

  1. Orang Asing pemegang Izin Tinggal terbatas sebagai rohaniwan, pekerja, investor, dan lanjut usia.
  2. Keluarga karena perkawinan campuran.
  3. Suami, istri, dan/atau anak dari Orang Asing pemegang Izin Tinggal Tetap.
  4. Orang Asing eks warga negara Indonesia dan eks subjek anak berkewarganegaraan ganda Republik Indonesia.

(1) A Permanent Residence Permit may be given to:

  1. A Foreign national who holds a Temporary Residence Permit as a religious cleric/missionary, expatriate worker, investor, or retiree.
  2. A member of a mixed marriage family.
  3. The husband, wife, and/or child of a foreign national who holds a Permanent Residence Permit.
  4. A foreign national who is a former Indonesian citizen or held dual citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia and another country.


Some long-term residents, especially those married to Indonesian citizens, may qualify for a Lifetime KITAP, referred to as a “KITAP Semur Hidup” or Permanent Stay Permit.

You will be required to report to immigration after five years on the Lifetime KITAP. Here are the requirements for the report, based on one person’s experience.

The Permanent Stay Permit can be cancelled for several reasons. Visa Holder:

  • Leaves Indonesia for more than 1 year
  • Does not submit a Permanent Stay Permit extension/report after each 5-year period
  • Acquires Indonesian citizenship
  • Visa is revoked by the Minister or a designated Immigration Officer
  • Visa holder is subject to deportation or dies
  • Is proven to have committed a crime against the state as stipulated in laws and regulations
  • Carries out activities which endanger state security
  • Violates the Integration Statement
  • Employs foreign worker/s
  • Provides false information in the filing of the petition of the Permanent Stay Permit
  • Is subjected to Immigration Administrative Measures
  • Has a marital breakup because of divorce and / or the court’s decision (but can get a new KITAP)