Why do we need EPO?
EPO for closing of KITAS (student, working, investor, family, retirement).
The sponsor must apply for an EPO if the ITAS/ITAP has expired and is not renewed.
The purpose of obtaining an EPO for KITAS cancellation is to have a legally clean relationship between you and the previous company by returning all original documents to the authorities.
This regulation can be further explained as follows:
- When a foreigner moves to a new company or changes KITAS sponsors, an EPO must be obtained before being able to get a new work permit.
- When a foreigner changes the type of KITAS, for example from a work KITAS to a retirement KITAS, EPO is needed.
- When a foreigner resigns from a job and will no longer work in Indonesia, an EPO must be submitted before leaving Indonesia.
Leaving Indonesia without KITAS Cancellation
It doesn’t matter if you leave Indonesia with a valid KITAS and decide not to return to Indonesia in the future. However, if you plan to re-enter Indonesia and your KITAS has expired while you are abroad, you will be faced with administrative immigration issues.
Once the Indonesian immigration officer finds out that your KITAS has not been canceled with an EPO when you return to Indonesia, you will be questioned. Otherwise, you will be refused entry to Indonesia at any time.
We would advise not leave EPO process to the very last minute. It takes approximately 3-5 working days. Once stamped you will have to leave the country within 5 days.