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The VITAS Visa
In order for a foreigner to study in Indonesia for more than a few weeks, a Temporary Residence Permit (KITAS) is required. As such, semester students must enter Indonesia on a Temporary Stay Visa or VITAS, which is subsiquentely converted into a KITAS after arrival in their city of study. ACICIS' in-country staff will assist with this conversion process. The KITAS study visa:
In order to obtain a VITAS, it is important that students supply EVERY item required on the application checklist. Incomplete applications cannot be processed and will result in visa authorisations being issued late. ACICIS takes no responsibility for losses (either financial or academic) that result from the submission of incomplete visa application forms. All costs associated with additional visa processing due to late/incomplete applications (such as the issuance of temporary socio-cultural visa, extension and conversion costs, or flights in and out of the country) will be borne by the applicant.
Obtaining a Visa in Australia
The vast majority of students have their visa processed by the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth. All students wishing to have their visa issued in Australia must have their visa processed by the ACICIS Secretariat (i.e. individual processing in Sydney or Canberra is not permitted). Students are required to courier their passports to the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth no later than 6 weeks prior to their departure for Indonesia (NOT with the application). Once ACICIS receives the necessary visa authorisation letters from Indonesia immigration, participants’ passports are processed through the Perth consulate. Passports (with visa) are then couriered back in time for students' departure for Indonesia. This means that students are without their passport for 6 weeks prior to departure for Indonesia.
Obtaining a Visa outside of Australia
For students from other countries or Australian students who are travelling prior to program commencement, VITAS visas may be pick-up from a nominated Indonesian consular mission. In the Southeast Asia region, ACICIS only allows Australian students to use the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore. Students must note that having their visa issued at another mission is far more complex than having their visa processed by the ACICIS Secretariat in Perth. The process for such applications is as follows:
1. Student nominates the overseas Indonesian embassy/consulate that they intend to obtain their visa from on their ACICIS application form (this may not be changed).
Obtaining a visa in Singapore
In Singapore, same day service is possible via an authorized visa agent. Same day service is only possible if all required documents (including your passport) are surrendered to the agent in the morning prior to 10am. Applicants may arrange to meet the agent at the embassy itself or at a pre-arranged location in the city. It will be returned to you at an agreed place. Costs will be approximately double that of the standard fee. Numerous students in the past have used the following agent:
SK Coservices (contact Sazlyn)
If by chance you encounter a problem, if there seems to be some major stumbling block, either ring the ACICIS Perth Office (61) 8 9360 6254 (mornings only), or send an email.
Obtaining a visa in Washington, DC
Accompanying family members
ACICIS is able to assist in obtaining VITAS visas only for family members who intend to accompany applicants to Indonesia. Applications for accompanying family members must be made at the same time as the study application. Please contact the ACICIS Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org for further details about this.
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