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Understanding the Repatriation KITAS (Repatriation Visa): A Guide for Indonesian Citizens Reclaiming


The Repatriation KITAS (Visa) is a temporary residence permit designed for a very specific situation. It is intended for use by Indonesian citizens who have changed their citizenship to another nationality. In essence, the primary purpose of this visa is to facilitate the process of regaining Indonesian citizenship.


This visa is initially valid for one year and can be extended annually for up to a maximum of six years. Holders of the Repatriation KITAS also have the option to obtain a KITAP (Repatriation Permanent Stay Permit), which has a five-year validity period, after having a KITAS for just one year. They can choose to either extend their KITAS or apply for a KITAP after having held the KITAS for one year.


Documents required for having The Repatriation KITAS (Visa) :


Sponsorship Requirements for Parents:

To sponsor from one's mother or father, you'll need:

  1. An Identity Card (KTP) and Family Registration (Kartu Keluarga)

  2. A Birth Certificate

  3. A Marriage Certificate


Requirements for Expatriates:

For expatriate applicants, the following documents are required:

  1. A valid passport with a minimum validity of 18 months

  2. A copy of the Indonesian passport

  3. A Birth Certificate

  4. Any previous Identity Card (KTP) if the applicant previously possessed one

  5. Family Registration documentation (Kartu Keluarga of parents (if any))

  6. An Educational Certificate

  7. A formal photo with a red background

  8. A Revocation letter for the Identity Card (KTP)

  9. A letter from the Ministry of Law and Human Rights and the Indonesian Embassy, waiving citizenship

  10. A stamp indicating the current stay permit with a minimum validity of 30 days for ONSHORE (Status Changing) applications

  11. A Letter of No Objection for changing the current sponsor's status (if required) for ONSHORE (Status Changing) applications.


Here is how to obtain the Repatriation Visa, depending on whether you are offshore or onshore:


Offshore Application:

  • Start by applying for an E-Visa C318, which is used to enter Indonesia.

  • Upon arrival in Indonesia, foreign applicants must submit their original passport to the immigration office.

  • Attend a biometric and fingerprint session.

  • Convert the E-Visa to KITAS at the local immigration office.

  • Complete the KITAS process with the E-KITAS, including obtaining a multiple entry re-entry permit.


Onshore Application:


  • Submit a Repatriate KITAS application at the local immigration office.

  • Attend a biometric and fingerprint session.

  • Await approval from the Immigration Office, Directorate General of Immigration, and the Regional Office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights.

  • Complete the KITAS process with the E-KITAS, including obtaining a multiple entry re-entry permit.

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