What is a Visa?
Wikipedia, Visa is a document permitting a person to enter a country which can be obtained at the embassy where the country has a Consulate General or foreign embassy.
Basically, the function of a visa is as a permit to enter and exit a country. The existence of a visa also helps the region in maintaining security, visitors who do not have a visa are not allowed to enter in order to avoid acts of terrorism or crime.
The following are the types of visas and their functions:
1. Diplomatic Visa
This visa is given to foreigners, including their families, who hold diplomatic passports to enter Indonesian territory to carry out diplomatic tasks.
2. Service visa
This visa is given to foreigners holding official passports and other types of passports, to be able to enter Indonesia in order to carry out official duties that are not diplomatic in nature from the foreign government concerned or international organizations.
3. Limited residence visa
Limited stay visas are usually given to workers, researchers, people who are legally married to Indonesian citizens, or those who join to work on ships, floating equipment, or installations in the waters of the archipelago.
4. Visit Visa
Visit visa is a visa granted to foreigners who will travel to enter the territory of another country for educational purposes such as study visas and student exchange visas, or for tourist, cultural, business, journalistic purposes, temporary stopovers to then continue their journey to other countries, and business family.
The purpose of a socio-cultural visa is to visit friends or relatives or participate in social, cultural and educational exchanges.
This type of visa can be sponsored by friends / relatives and also companies that are visiting and not doing work in the Indonesian Territory.
Socio-Cultural Visa Validity
A socio-cultural visit visa is granted a length of stay of 60 (sixty) days, can be extended 4 (four) times and each time an extension is granted a length of stay of 30 (thirty) days.
Indonesia conducts a strict selection of foreigners from certain countries or commonly known as the Clearance House.
Socio-Cultural Visa Requirements in Indonesia
Documents that must be prepared are:
- Valid passport with a minimum validity period of 12 months from the date of entry into Indonesia
- Filled visa application form
- Bank account or other evidence showing that there are sufficient funds to cover all travel expenses while in Indonesia
- Color photo (passport size)
- Travel plans
- Proof of obligation as a permanent resident of the applicant’s country of residence (can be written by employer, school, etc.)
Local Sponsors and Visa Agents
Prospective visa document makers are required to submit several documents during the application process at one of the Indonesian embassies abroad. The invitation letter is an important part of the application document.
The invitation letter must be prepared and signed by the Indonesian sponsor. Sponsors, who can be Indonesian residents or local companies, are legally liable for those they sponsor while living in Indonesia.
There are many visa agents in Indonesia, please choose a visa agent to handle the socio-cultural visa extension. In this case, foreigners do not need to come to the immigration office two or three times a month but provide a passport for administration.
This visa can only be applied for at the Indonesian Embassy in the country of origin or any country as long as it is outside Indonesia. First, check the requirements at the Indonesian Embassy in each country because (perhaps) the requirements are different.
This visa is classified as Single Entry, once you leave Indonesia (even though the visa is still valid), the visa is considered forfeited. You have to repeat the process from the beginning again if you want to get the same visa.
This socio-cultural visa is not allowed to work in any form or earn money in Indonesia in any way, including volunteer work.