MERP Renewal

RobertBali

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Hi,

I am on a spouse sponsored ITAP (unlimited version) since October 2017
I have to go to immigration every 5 years (next October 2022) 'to report'.
The ITAP was initially issued with a 2 year MERP.
However I have not renewed the MERP after it expired since I did not have intentions to leave Indonesia.
Now I have read somewhere that a MERP should always be valid?
Will it be a problem if I report at Immigration in October 2022 without a valid MERP in my passport?

Thanks in advance for your replies.
Robert
 

harryopal

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My understanding, and I am ready to be corrected, is that an expired MERP is not a problem and you can wait until you next intend to travel and renew at that time.
 

Hawk256

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My understanding, and I am ready to be corrected, is that an expired MERP is not a problem and you can wait until you next intend to travel and renew at that time.
That's my understanding as well but also ready to be corrected.
 

HappyMan

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My understanding, and I am ready to be corrected, is that an expired MERP is not a problem and you can wait until you next intend to travel and renew at that time.
Same opinion.
Exit Permits for permanent residents do sound strange, don't they? "You can live here forever, but not leave or come back without permission." Just bizarre, unless you look at it as a simple cash grab.
 

ChrisTex

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It is when you look at a KITAP is good for 5 years, but your MERP is only valid for 2 years.
 

Dave70

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Same opinion.
Exit Permits for permanent residents do sound strange, don't they? "You can live here forever, but not leave or come back without permission." Just bizarre, unless you look at it as a simple cash grab.

The same reason why 10-year passport is suspended, potential revenue from renewals will be reduced by half.
 

nardo

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Is the process and paperwork required for MERP renewal the same as Kitas/ Kitap renewal or easier?
 

all4ywh

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Process is much easier. :)
Earlier today I had to contact the local immigration office about a MERP and this document was shared with me :

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all4ywh

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It is when you look at a KITAP is good for 5 years, but your MERP is only valid for 2 years.
Today during my WA communications with the local immigration office about a MERP, I learned that besides all the 'generosity & flexibility' which the immigration department had shown in previous months for extensions of various visas, there was no decision issued to give 'extra/bonus' time extensions for a MERP which had been still valid during this pandemic period when certainly a high % of ITAS or ITAP holders were not able to travel outside of Indonesia...my 2-year MERP expires tomorrow. :LOL:
 

nardo

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Thanks for sharing that all4ywh, somehow I'm still dreading the day I have to go there again...but at least there is a directive which seems streamlined and doesn't require excess costs to ancillary kantors
 

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