The appreciation starts now.

11 07 2009

I have to say, I’m already loving Indonesia for the simplicity behind getting a long-term/limited-stay visa.

Let’s compare notes here, shall we? You’ve all probably heard from either myself or my family about the absolute gut-wrenching hell it was getting just a student visa to Spain. I’m about to get what equates to a work visa with what appears to be less trouble than getting just the criminal background check for a Spanish visa.

Requirements for Indonesia’s Limited Stay work visa:

  • Valid passport with at least 1 blank page.
  • Flight itinerary, estimated
  • Authorizations provided by host business (I have nothing to do with it.)
  • Letter of purpose of travel
  • Letter of invitation from “sponsor”
  • Completed application (name, address, etc.)
  • 2 passport photos
  • Self addressed, express stamped envelope.

Total processing time: 3 business days plus shipping time.

Now let’s take a look at the Student Visa to Spain… Dear god.

  • Apply in person in nearest consulate office. (In my case: San Francisco.)
  • Make an appointment with said consulate up to 4 months in advance.
  • Medical and psychological clearance sign by physicians.
  • Criminal history report.
  • Proof of support (minimum of $2200 per month. This must be notarized.)
  • Completed application. 6 pages… really?!?
  • Passport AND other forms of ID.
  • Proof of acceptance to a university or study program.
  • Proof of paid medical insurance.
  • Round trip itinerary. (But then they say don’t purchase tickets. How do you have an itinerary without tickets?)
  • 3 passport photos

Total processing time, 4-6 weeks after all documents have been submitted.

All I have to say is “Viva la Indonesia!”
Especially since most of the work is done on the administrative end, and not on my side. I appreciate that.

Paperwork is not one of my hobbies. Folding paper cranes, however, is.



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