Citizenship Law

Oct 4th, 2006, in News, by

The implementation of the new citizenship law seems to be progressing with unusual swiftness.

The new law, UU Kewarganegaraan, touted as a “revolutionary” change in the way that the state views citizenship and nationality, was passed by the parliament on July 11th and the affected government departments were at that time given nine months to prepare the necessary regulations and forms to allow it to be implemented.

On 29th September it was reported that the minister for Law & Human Rights, Hamid Awaluddin, had the previous week just completed two ministerial edicts concerning the new rules for citizenship. The first decree was concerned with the status of children of mixed marriages, marriages where one party was Indonesian and the other foreign. Such children will now receive Indonesian citizenship automatically, whereas in the past this was only possible where the father was Indonesian. Had the children been born to a foreign man and an Indonesian women they were previously regarded as aliens, and needed visas to live in the country of their birth.

The second decree issued by the minister lays out the details, including relevant forms and paperwork, for Indonesians abroad who have lost their citizenship because they did not report themselves to an Indonesian diplomatic mission for five years, to regain their original citizenship. Such people will now have three years in which to re-apply for it.

A further two decrees need to be issued in order for the law to come fully into effect.

127 Comments on “Citizenship Law”

  1. gina says:

    thank you mr. arie.. i hope it will help, my last question is, do i need to pay for the staying of my daughter in phils?. what are all those requirements? thanks….

  2. Arie Brand says:

    Gina, I presume that you are asking whether you will have to pay for having your daughter’s name recorded in your passport. I really don’t know. What I equally don’t know is whether you have the option (or the obligation) to let your daughter get her own passport. A few years ago our adoptive son got his own passport in Cebu but he was already thirteen years old then and age is perhaps a criterion in these matters. Getting a passport for him was quite an involved process and took a long time.

    Really, your best bet is to go to or phone the nearest Filipino consulate.

  3. cessch says:

    i am mualaff from america and it is a crying shame that some here in this forum make indonesia out to be along the lines of pakistan andd afghanistan where bombings happen every day. give me a break. we have more loonies running around the good ol usa then i have notice here in indonesia in the 2 years i been here. shame on u

  4. ken says:

    hi! i’m sri lankan hindu. i planning to marry my indonesian girl friend. she is a muslim. but we are planning to stay in indonesia. how can i marry my girl friend? any one please give me the answer?
    i really really love my indonesian girl. please any one help with us our good future.
    thank you.

    by; ken

  5. deepu says:

    Can anyone tel me how much time it takes to become an indonesi citizen if we proceed through work permit channel.Ie getting work permit & extending it till we are eligible to apply for indonesian citizenship

  6. modern negoro says:

    “Purba Negoro opinion:
    According to the Departemen Imigrasi:
    General Eligibility for Citizenships are

    1. Applicant must LEGALLY married to an Indonesian citizen;
    2. At the time of forwarding the application, the applicant has resided in Indonesian territory for at least 5 (five) consecutive years or at least 10 (ten) years non-continuously. This is prerequisite to the citizenship application;
    3. The Indonesian citizenship will NOT caused double citizenship.

    It can be easily seen Chinese regularly do not fit all 3 criteria- especially with regard to 1 and 3.”

    JUST TO STRAIGHTEN Mr. Purbbaaa opinion, I have 3 point to clear up:
    1. I am a bit confuse of what this purba man problem with Chinese people, since this forum doesn’t at all mention about Chinese ethnicity but he seem to be very ‘angry’ and ‘hated’ Chinese people.

    2. Most Indonesian Chinese have even more documentation than pribumi since they will need all of them on almost any occasion include, married, skul, traveling etc. When those pribumi most of them don’t even know what is KTP (id card), land certificate, birth certificate but still they can later even after before they die apply for those documents without penalty in contrast to Chinese ethnic where even 1 week late have to go court to decide their faith no matter they were born or even their great great father were born in Indonesia they will always ‘stamped’ as foreigner.

    3. The Chinese people always the subject of hatred in Indonesia as the result of being successful in business and life compare to most pribumi who live in poverty. All that pribumi can do are blamming the Chinese for their poverty eventhough in fact it’s not just in Indonesia the Chinese ethnic can success but also all over the world becoz of their hard work.

    So for mr purba. please introspec before you trying to give your opinion don’t just base on jealousy alone.

  7. modern negoro says:

    “Can anyone tel me how much time it takes to become an indonesi citizen if we proceed through work permit channel.Ie getting work permit & extending it till we are eligible to apply for indonesian citizenship”

    Answer: if would be at least 6 years. as you first have to get the social visit / working visa for at least 6 mth then proceed to Kitas at least for 4 years (with spouse sponsor) then can be upgrade to KITAP. after then you can apply for citizenship.
    But be notice, it’ll be easier if Indonesian man applying for his foreign wife than vice versa. if you are an Indonesia wife applying for you foreign husband base on the working visa than he has to be at least in the director level in his company otherwise he won’t able to apply even for kitas (one year visa)

  8. neilf7 says:

    My wife and i are returning to Indonesia. My wife is Indonesian and our 3 children were all born in Indonesia. We are wanting to apply for their Indonesian citizenship.

    Can anyone send me some advise or websites that enable me to read or find our more info.



  9. Mersia says:

    I am Indonesian, married in Indonesia with an Indonesian too but now has been separated for 8 years and living in England. Can I arrange divorce from England without having to go back to Indonesia to sort out the divorce in court. I got married in church and officially registered in registry office too. I want to know if I can have the divorce that will be recognised officially in Indonesian law from the UK.

  10. Stacy says:

    Is 170 million a lot of money in Indonesian currency?
    How much is it to become a citizen all together?

  11. cris arego says:

    My friend’s marriage in the Philippines is not annulled. He went to Bali In June of 2010 for 2 weeks to work and got attracted to an Indonesian Muslim woman who convinced him to change his religion so they could get married. He went back in August 2010 for 3 weeks, also to work, and they got married on the 18th. He lied to her about his status. He didn’t realize what was happening until he saw the wedding clothes, flowers etc. Is this marriage valid? He wants to get out of it but doesn’t know how.
    Please help me help my friend.
    Thank you,

  12. neil says:

    Chris i am not sure if you are aware, but Indonesian Muslim men are entitled to have more than one wife!

  13. nunu says:

    hi there,,
    i am indonesian and getting married to aussie citizen july this year in sydney,, is there anyone want to share experiences in getting married there??
    Thanks heaps

  14. Richard from Singapore says:

    Happy to add that the parliament just signed a new law recognizing spouses. If you have been married for 2 years you can get PR status. On the spouse visa you can work, and nit be subject to visa on arrival. It’s a great step fwd for Indonesia

  15. Neil says:

    Hi Nunu,

    Getting married in Australia is very easy and you do not have to be from the same religion to get married. You have to fill in some legal documents to make it official, but it is a very easy process. You do it all on the same day of your ceramony. Once you are married i would suggest you register it with the Indonesian embassy in Sydney or when you return to Indonesia. I got married in Jakarta and it was a painful affair getting the right documents and so on. Good luck and enjoy the day!

    I am not sure how it will effect your family card status, perhaps you will need to create a new one.


  16. flaxx says:

    hi.. i am a filipina and is planning to marry an Indonesian.. My priority concern is my right living in a foreign country like indonesia. We first planned for me to apply for a tourist visa and then just apply for an extension when i arrive there. Is it wise for me to apply for a tourist visa and get married there? what concerns should i first know in order for me to protect my right there in indonesia. What documents should i bring as requirements for a catholic wedding in indonesia? If i still choose to retain my citizenship, what rights are still applicable to me if i stayed there?

  17. vannesa says:

    im indonesian i just want to ask how if singaporean change nationality become indonesian i just want to help my frend he 54 years old married with indonesian and have kids he marry with indonesian more than 7 years please inform me if can solved this problem

  18. Mario says:

    Please advise what type of visa do my fiancee has to apply before entering Indonesia as me and her are getting married, and usually only upon arrival visa requires but since she need to stay longer and getting married so what should we do then.

  19. Ali Shah says:

    Hi All!

    I am getting married to an Indonesian this coming years. I am a Pakistani. Can I get dual citizenship?

  20. divadimple says:

    iam indonesian girl,i read the coment that you guys post.
    its true in indonesia its not easy to deal with imigration people,MONEY here and there we have to pay even just to make pasport.iam indonesian but i hate that,why the goverment just make everything so dificulle,even for maried with the foreigner why do have to pay us$ boyfriend srilankan we plan to maried next year,but again i have to think twice to bring him to setlle in indonesia,or may we will setlle in srilanka if it’s much easy.would love to hear from you 🙂

  21. velmurugan says:

    my one of the friend indian nationality, he working in sigapore before three year he marriaged to indonesia girl now he got one male baby. he marriage only indonesia now how to take back to india him wife and baby and how to get inian permanant residence.

  22. patricia says:

    my father and my mother got married in china, my father is a filipino and my mother is an indonesian and they gave birth to me in malaysia

    question: what is my citizenship?

  23. stevo says:

    my father and my mother got married in china, my father is a filipino and my mother is an indonesian and they gave birth to me in malaysia

    question: what is my citizenship?

    Congratulations; your a citizen of the great United States of America 😉

    (You should consider running for President)

  24. Oigal says:

    Laugh, still running with that hairy dog Stevo…that nutter clan is getting thin on the ground but thanks for trying to cheer me up.

  25. stevo says:

    Sama sama 🙂

  26. salman rasheed says:


    i am a pakistani national i have my own business in United Arab Emirates. i want indonesian citizenship. so i can start some business in indonesia. can i apply for indonesian citizenship i am married and having one son

  27. iindah says:

    Does anyone ever come across an indonesian revoked the indonesia citizenship but latter married to an indonesian. How can she stay in indonesia? Will the government makes things more difficult for her since she used to be indonesian?

  28. luqman says:

    hi my name is luqman i m pakistani and i live in england on student visa and i want to go to indonesia can anybody tell me if i can buy indonesian nationlity with money if i can then how much ? and what r the requirements

    please guys must reply

  29. berlian biru says:

    Yes, I will sell you it, send me 50,000 quid and I’ll sort it out for you.

  30. Busman says:

    I want to marry an Indonesian woman. Can I ask for a long-term resident visa after the marriage? Both of us are Muslims.

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