One of the most common questions we’ve received as Bali’s leading visa agency is, what is the difference between an SKTT and a NIK? Let us break it down for you in this blog post.
What Is An SKTT?
An SKTT stands for Surat Keterangan Tinggal Tetap, which is also known as Certificate of Residence or Residence Card in English. The SKTT is issued by the Department of Population and Civil Registration (Disdukcapil) to foreigners who have a Limited Stay Permit – whether a working KITAS or a spouse KITAS.
According to Indonesian law, it’s a must for all KITAS holders to have their SKTT renewed and updated every year – foreigners will not be able to renew their stay permit without an updated SKTT.
To get your SKTT, all you need to do is fill in the necessary information in the official forms provided to you by the civil registry office.
There are various sections in this form that would require signatures by the head of your local banjar as well as numerous other local authorities in your area.
Once you have collected all relevant signatures, don’t forget to submit the form with the following documents to the civil registry to complete your application:
- For Spouse KITAS holders: Marriage Certificate & Family Card, OR
- For KITAS holders: Work Permit (IMTA/Notification/Ratification of RPTKA) from the Ministry of Manpower, OR
- For Investors: NIB from OSS & Company Deed and SK of Establishment
- Copy of STM – Surat Tanda Melapor (Police Report Certificate)
- Application Letter from sponsor/guarantor
- Copy of KTP of sponsor/guarantor
- Copy of passport of applicant
- 3 copies of Passport size (3X4cms) photos of the applicant in red background
Processing your SKTT would take approximately 3-5 working days. Once approved, remember to keep this official document on your person at all times.
What Is NIK?
NIK is the Indonesian Nomor Induk Kependudukan, which translates to Population Identification Number or a Resident Identity Number, which is unique to a person.
Both Indonesian citizens and foreigners with a KITAS or KITAP will have their own NIK number; this number is permanent and will not change regardless of time or location.
NIK is important as you will need it to apply or renew your stay permit and for any other official documentation or purposes such as police reports, medical services like vaccinations, and others.
It’s a 16-digit code established by the Indonesian Ministry of Home Affairs that shows where you’re first registered, your date of birth and your gender.
The question often asked is “how do I get a NIK”. Remember, only KITAS or KITAP holders can get their own NIK number. If you’re in Bali on a tourist visa or Visa on Arrival, you do not need a NIK.
You don’t need to apply for a NIK, you’ll get one as soon as your stay permit is approved. You can then use the same NIK for subsequent applications or processes.
Where Can You Find Your NIK Number?
You can find your NIK number in your SKTT, the very first line at the top, underneath the header. Remember to keep your SKTT and NIK in a safe place for future reference and use.
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