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Short Course Visas
How do I get a visa?
Participants on ACICIS short courses (JPP, DSPP, ILTI) must enter Indonesia on a 60-day Social-Cultural (Sosial Budaya) Visa. Please note that any student entering on a tourist visa will be asked to leave the country. ACICIS will organise for student sponsorship letters from the host university in Indonesia and from ACICIS. Participants then apply for a Social-Cultural visa from their nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate. The visa is valid for 60 days (this includes arrival and departure days) and the cost is about AUD$60. It takes approximately a week to organise. All participants will need to have a confirmed flight itinerary (including a return/onward flight) and passport valid for 6 months after they LEAVE Indonesia in order to obtain this visa.
Under no circumstances will the host university supply letters for extensions of a Social-Cultural visa. 60 days is the maximum duration of the visa for ACICIS short course participants and students are responsible for any overstays resultant of arriving in Indonesia so early that they are unable to complete the program on their 60 day visa. The duration of the 60 day social-cultural visa commences from the date that the student enters the country, NOT the date of issue of the visa itself.
The following instructions were taken from the website of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra:
A single entry Social-Culture Visa is valid if presented within 3 (three) months from the date of issuance. It will be granted to conduct socio-culture activities (family gathering, education, sport, etc.)
1. Application form must be completed in duplicate with two passport size photographs (2x2 inch).
2. Passport must be valid for at least 6 (six) months after the date of entry.
3. A cover letter from the Australian sponsor (e.g. the employer, education institution) and/or a similar letter from the institution/people in Indonesia, explaining the position of the applicant, the purpose of the visit and the duration of stay. If deemed necessary, a guarantee of the availability of funds to cover living expenses while in Indonesia.
4. A single entry social visit visa will be issued for up to 60 (sixty) days.
5. A copy of the airline ticket/itinerary from the travel agent.
6. Visa fee AUD$60.00 and has to be made in money order or company cheque payable to the Indonesian Embassy.
7. It requires at least 3 (three) working days to process the visa.
8. Payment of the visa administration fee does not guarantee that the application will be successful.
Each Indonesian embassy or consulate seem to have slightly different forms (and charges), and their individual logos appear on these forms. Students thus need to obtain the relevant form from the embassy or consulate that you will be applying to.
Indonesian Embassies and Consulates
Below is a list of Indonesian embassies and consulates in Australia and New Zealand.
If an accepted applicant finds it impossible to get to one of these places, they can send their passport by courier to the ACICIS office and we will organise the visa in Perth for the applicant. If anyone wishes to do this please contact us early. Do not leave this till the last moment.
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