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.