Visa Laws Set to Re­lax un­der Im­mi­gra­tion, For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry Plan

Indonesia Expat - - NEWS -

VISA RE­QUIRE­MENTS and stay per­mit ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures will be eased for for­eign ex­perts and in­vestors un­der a plan an­nounced Tues­day, Au­gust 8, in a joint state­ment pro­vided by im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials and the for­eign af­fairs min­istry.

Im­mi­gra­tion Chief Ronny F. Som­pie said the changes will al­low for on­line ap­pli­ca­tions and stream­lin­ing of ex­ist­ing ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from state news agency An­tara.

“We are in the process of de­sign­ing the pa­per­less sys­tem for the forth­com­ing ser­vices. Hence, in­stead of send­ing mail to the Im­mi­gra­tion Of­fice, the ap­pli­cants can sub­mit their doc­u­ments on­line to ap­ply for new or ex­ten­sion of visa and stay per­mits,” Som­pie said.

The For­eign Af­fairs Min­istry and Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials hosted a meet­ing in Cen­tral Jakarta to ex­plain the changes to 124 coun­tries and agen­cies with na­tion­als and staff based in In­done­sia.

“Be­sides in­form­ing them about the poli­cies and mea­sures, the meet­ing also aimed to dis­cuss sev­eral cases, such as law vi­o­la­tions com­mit­ted by the for­eign­ers liv­ing in the coun­try. Sev­eral is­sues, in­clud­ing ter­ror­ism, human-traf­fick­ing, fraud, and cy­ber­crime still pose a chal­lenge not only to the em­bassy and the con­sular af­fairs, but also to the for­eign af­fairs min­istry, the im­mi­gra­tion of­fice, the na­tional po­lice, the counter-ter­ror­ism agency (BNPT), as well as the Fi­nan­cial Trans­ac­tion Re­ports and Anal­y­sis Cen­ter (PPATK),” he added, ac­cord­ing to An­tara.

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