The Immigration Office has announced new provisions for renewing residence permits (KITAS), establishing a new three-month interim KITAS which can be obtained while the work permit (IMTA) renewal application is being processed in order to avoid overstays.
There is also a change to the validity period of a KITAS.
The new renewal process applies to a holder of a KITAS residence permit which has almost expired, who has already submitted an application for a renewal work permit (IMTA) and is waiting for the renewal IMTA to be issued.
A full twelve-month renewal KITAS can only be granted once the renewal IMTA has been issued, and this has previously led to foreign national applicants having to pay an overstay penalty or even being deported if their renewal IMTA was not issued quickly enough.
Under the new provisions, a holder of a KITAS that has almost expired, who has already submitted an application for a renewal work permit (IMTA), should apply for a three-month renewal KITAS, which will be issued along with a multiple-exit re-entry permit (MERP) for the same period.
The three-month renewal KITAS can be issued before the renewal IMTA is issued, but it does not allow work to be undertaken.
Once the renewal IMTA has been issued, the applicant can apply for a twelve-month renewal KITAS.