How I Renounced Indonesian Citizenship in 2020

I’ve been deliberating for months whether I want to write this post. On one hand, this blog is a finance blog and has nothing to do with citizenship renunciation.

But, on the other hand, I really want to help people who are trying to renounce their citizenship but don’t know how. Before 2020, the process was easy peasy and can be completed really quickly. But in 2020, the government overhauled the citizenship renunciation procedure starting from January 2020 and there was very little guide on how to do it correctly.

I decided to write this post to let you know that if you’re currently banging your head on the wall, you’re not alone, and you’ll get through this.

This post is solely focused on renouncing Indonesian Citizen and becoming a Singapore Citizen. Because that’s what I did. If you’re living in other countries, I’m sorry I don’t know whether the procedure is similar or not, because I heard that KBRI in other countries may/may not provide the same service as KBRI in Singapore.

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Introduction

I still vividly remember how frantic I was when I got the Approval-in-Principle from ICA in February 2020. I literally knew no one in my social circle that has completed the renunciation through the new SAKE system.

I called KBRI to ask but they gave me an Indonesian phone number which they claimed is the contact person of AHU; I contacted the number and asked about the procedures but received no reply! I went to Tan Lee & Choo (the notary which helped a lot of Indonesian to renounce before 2020) and they gave me some rough guide and said that there’s no guarantee it’s correct.

I followed Tan Lee Choo’s guide and went to KBRI to get my documents legalized. There, I met a stranger who has completed the renunciation process. I asked him for guidance and he referred me to his friend.

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His friend was so helpful in guiding me through each and every step. She sent me the link to PDF guides (in Bahasa Indonesian) prepared by her friend who had completed the renunciation journey early in 2020. That lady and the pdf saved my life!

To pay it forward, I decided to write this post, to help Indonesian who are converting to Singaporean, who are not familiar with Bahasa Indonesia, and who are trying to renounce in the age of ‘rona or “coco and vid” (you know, the one who should not be named).

Renunciation during the ‘rona reign is so challenging, and it doesn’t help that AHU changes their requirement often (sometimes, every month, it’s so frustrating!), KBRI being not helpful and not allowing walk-in visitors, and the persistent travel restrictions.

In this post, I’ll do my best to walk you through the renunciation process from the day you get your AIP, until you take the oath at ICA.

TABLE OF CONTENT
A. What to do when you get AIP
i) Complete Singapore Citizenship Journey
ii) Prepare documents
iii) Look for sworn translators
iv) Look for Indonesian notary
v) Look for materai

B. What to do when you get the final approval letter from ICA
1. Translate the documents from English to Bahasa Indonesia
2. Send the required documents to Indonesian notary to get it legalized
3. Scan these documents in JPG/JPEG/PNG format in color
4. Register SAKE account
5. Choose the correct option
6. Fill up the form
7. Download Surat Permohonan
8. Upload the documents
9. Choose Payment Method
10. Make Payment
11. Send the hardcopy documents to AHU Office in Jakarta
12. Keep praying and checking the SAKE system
13. If there is error in your application
14. If you get all green, congratulations!
15. Download the approval document
16. Make appointment with KBRI to surrender your Indonesian passport
17. Make appointment with KBRI Consular to legalize the approved AHU Letter
18. Surrender your Indonesian passport
19. Legalize your AHU approval letter
20. Go to ICA for Oath taking and submission of necessary documents

FAQ
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A. What to do when you get AIP

If you’re reading this article, I’m 99% sure that you are either waiting for your Approval-in-Principle from ICA, or you’ve already received the AIP.

When you receive the AIP, you CAN’T renounce your citizenship YET. You’re supposed to complete the citizenship journey first, then ICA will send you a final approval letter, then you’ll be able to renounce your citizenship.

Here are the things you need to do when you got AIP.

i) Complete Singapore Citizenship Journey

I received my AIP hardcopy letter in February 2020 before the world came to a standstill.

I immediately logged in to SC Journey website to start my journey. I was that eager!

The first thing I did was to complete the e-journey. Basically there were several videos that you have to watch and questions you must answer. It took me less than half a day to complete.

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The second thing we have to complete in SC Journey is attending a Singapore Experiential Tour. During my time, the tour was a physical tour held in various museum and historical landmarks. But I heard that they changed the tour to be a virtual tour after ‘rona turned the world upside down.

Lastly, we have to attend a Community Sharing Session. There were only one session a month so I was quite lucky to get a slot for the next month in March 2020.

The deadline to complete all 3 activities in the SC Journey is 2 months from the issue date of AIP. If you’re having difficulties to meet the deadline, you may contact SC Journey team for assistance.

ii) Prepare documents

While waiting for the tour or sharing session, you can try to prepare some documents so that when you receive the final approval letter, you’re ready to get into action.

Here are the documents that you need to prepare in this stage:

  • Original Passport
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • KK (Kartu Keluarga) – you don’t need to hold the original KK, you just need to note down the KK number and your NIK number
  • Original KTP (Kartu Tanda Penduduk)
  • Original ROM Certificate, if any
  • Original Indonesian Marriage Certificate, if any
  • 2pcs of Photo (size 4×6) with red background

Reader’s feedback:

  • AHU accepts expired KTP and Passport. (This is not an advice, just a feedback. AHU may change their rules anytime. Proceed with own risk)
  • If you don’t have KTP, but you have KK, it’s not a problem because AHU just need your NIK number actually. So, just write a statement that you don’t have a KTP, paste a materai and sign on it.
  • If you only have a photo with white background, you can use Photoshop to change the background color to red.
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iii) Look for sworn translators

At this stage, you don’t need to translate documents yet. You’ll need to translate certain documents later in this journey, so it’s better to start looking for a sworn translator that you are comfortable with.

For me, I use Anwar from Tan, Lee & Choo. He can be contacted through Whatsapp (+65 9650 5794) and email ([email protected]). He charged me SGD 30 per document. He is really fast, he could get it done in the same day (mainly because he has already setup a template that he can reuse), but could make mistakes sometimes, so you need to ask him to send you the draft before you proceed to collect the document from him.

A reader (Evelyn) used Pak Daniel Budiyono (+62 812-9983-125). He is able to provide softcopy of the translated documents. His fees are around IDR 125k per page (processing time 4 days) or IDR 200k per page (faster processing time, 1 day).

Anyway, you can use ANY sworn translators. But other translators may need more time because they may not be familiar with the content of the documents to be translated.

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iv) Look for Indonesian notary

At this stage, you don’t need to legalize documents yet. You’ll need to legalize certain documents later in this journey, so it’s better to start looking for a notary that you are comfortable with in terms of price, procedure, timeline.

SAKE team only accepts documents that are legalized by Indonesian notary. But since we’re stuck in Singapore, what can you do? Well, you can send your original document via DHL or Fedex to an Indonesian notary, then they will send back the original document and legalized document back to you via DHL or Fedex.

Here are some notary recommendation that you can start contacting to find out about their latest fee, procedure and timeline:

  • Bun Hai in Batam (email: [email protected]). From my own experience, Bun Hai requires you to send your original documents to his office in Batam via courier, then after he legalize them, he will send back the original documents to you via courier. Of course, you have to pay for the 2-way courier fees. I don’t know his current price because he kept revising his fee, so it’s better that you ask him directly.
  • Deny in Jakarta (whatsapp: +6281221316369, email: [email protected]). I did not engage Deny, but I heard that he accepts scanned copy of documents, so you can save your anxiety over losing your original documents while they’re on the way. Deny also can help you to deliver the legalized document straight away to AHU for a fee (but you still need to send other doc from Singapore to AHU, on your own). I heard that Deny’s fee is quite expensive, I suggest you ask him directly for this latest fee and whether he still accept scanned copy of documents.

As for me, I wasted so much money trying to engage 3 different notaries: 1 in my hometown, Bun Hai and KBRI. I recommend that you only engage 1 notary to save courier fee and headache. Or.. You can find notary that don’t require you to send original document to them, they accept softcopy or original document, but they’re usually more expensive.

Updated to add: Many people asked me why I engaged 3 different notaries to legalize my document. The reason why I engaged KBRI was because when I started this journey, I didn’t know how to renounce. In my mind, KBRI is supposed to be the one who can guide me to renounce, so I decided to go there to ask for guidance and to get my documents legalized. It turned out that they can only legalize the documents that they issued, so I only managed to legalize my passport and marriage cert at KBRI. They can’t legalize my birth cert, KK, KTP. That’s why I had to engage a notary in my hometown to legalize the rest. Then, I submitted my applications and AHU said I missed out the legalized ICA letter, so I tagged along my friend who’s getting Bunhai to legalize her documents also, in order to save courier fee.

If you’re thinking to get KBRI to legalize several documents, please don’t. Here are the reasons:
– it’s too expensive ($35 a page)
– it’s troublesome (you need to make appointment to submit and collect), then you need to take leave to go there. You’re wasting time, energy and money just to legalize 1 or 2 documents. After that, you need to spend another chunk of time, energy and money to legalize other documents that KBRI can’t legalize. Just save your leave to go holidays.
– be prepared to be mistreated (speaking from my own experience)

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v) Look for materai

You’ll need 1 materai to be used on the application form. But I suggest you prepare 2, just in case your application gets rejected and you need to resubmit.

Do note that the new materai costs IDR 10,000. The old materai of IDR 6,000 still can be used in 2021, but from 2022 onwards it’s compulsory to use the IDR 10,000 materai. To be safe, just use IDR 10,000 in case SAKE doesn’t accept the old materai.

Some people asked me, “Where to buy materai in Singapore?” To be honest, I have no idea. For me, I asked my family to send it to me from Indonesia. I read online that you can also buy materai from carousell/lazada/etc but I did not have any experience buying online, so I can’t recommend any seller to you.

B. What to do when you get the final approval letter from ICA

Within 1 or 2 weeks upon the completion of SC Journey, you can expect the final approval letter from ICA. Once you receive this golden letter, it’s time to go into full action.

ICA’s letter will state the date you’re supposed to report at ICA Citizenship Unit for oath taking. And, there’s 99% probability that you can’t meet the date set by ICA. So, just email ICA to explain about your situation and ask for extension. Most of the time, they’re quite understanding and will extend your deadline for you. Don’t inform them too late! Otherwise you’ll be counted as having missed your appointment once.

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1. Translate the documents from English to Bahasa Indonesia

Here are the documents that you need to translate from English to Bahasa Indonesia:

  • ICA’s final approval letter. Not the Approval-in-Principle letter, but the final one that you receive after you complete SC Journey.
  • ROM Certificate, if any. If you’re married in Singapore and you only have a ROM Cert, then just translate the ROM Cert. However, if you got married in Indonesia, you don’t need to translate your Indonesian Marriage Cert because it’s already in Indonesian language.

If you’re wondering how to get your documents translated to Bahasa, scroll to the top and read the section about “Look for sworn translators.”

2. Send the required documents to Indonesian notary to get it legalized

Next, you need to send the following documents to an Indonesian notary to get them legalized:

  • Original Passport
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Original KTP (Kartu Tanda Penduduk)
  • Original ROM Certificate, if any (both in English and Indonesian)
  • Original Indonesian Marriage Certificate, if any
  • ICA’s final approval letter (both in English and Indonesian)

If you’re wondering how to get documents legalized in Indonesia while you’re still stuck in Singapore, scroll to the top and read the section about “Look for Indonesian notary.”

Regarding whether the photocopy of document to be legalized need to be B&W or color, honestly, I just trust my notary and let him decide. Some of them gave me color copy with color stamp. Some gave me B&W copy with color stamp. I just compile all and submit to AHU and my documents didn’t have any issues with regards to the color of photocopy.

Regarding which page of the passport to legalize (whether it’s only first page or include back also), just let your notary decide. From what readers reported, it seems like AHU is not so strict on which page to legalize. Some reader legalized just front page and it went through successfully. For me, my notary legalized front & back, and it went through also.

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3. Scan these documents in JPG/JPEG/PNG format in color

After you get your documents back from the Indonesian notary, it’s time to get them scanned into JPG/JPEG/PNG format. The maximum size per file is 500kb. Here are the documents to be scanned in color (not black and white),:

  • Original Passport & the legalized copy
  • Original Birth Certificate & the legalized copy
  • Original ROM Certificate, if any (both in English and Indonesian) & the legalized copies – If you are not married, prepare a page that says not married, then scan it
  • Original Indonesian Marriage Certificate, if any & the legalized copy
  • ICA’s final approval letter (both in English and Indonesian) & the legalized copies
  • Photo of 4×6. Do crop the photo into the correct size (4cm by 6cm).

4. Register SAKE account

Now, go to AHU SAKE website and register for a new account. After you register, you have to wait for a while (like 10 to 30 mins) for the confirmation email from AHU.

When you receive the AHU confirmation email, click “Aktivasi Akun Anda” in the email. Only after doing that, you’ll be able to log in to SAKE system.

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This is the confirmation email from SAKE. Remember to click the button to activate your account.
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5. Choose the correct option

Once you log in, you’ll be able to enter the homepage (aka beranda), where you’ll see 8 options. Choose: PERMOHONAN SURAT KETERANGAN KEHILANGAN KEWARGANEGARAAN RI ATAS KEMAUAN SENDIRI BAGI ORANG YANG BELUM MEMPEROLEH KEWARGANEGARAAN ASING.

Do not choose the option that says “kepada Presiden” because this option will take you a longer time to complete.

If you’re applying for kids under 18 years old, choose the one that says PERMOHONAN SURAT KETERANGAN KEHILANGAN KEWARGANEGARAAN RI ATAS KEMAUAN SENDIRI BAGI ORANG YANG TELAH MEMPEROLEH KEWARGANEGARAAN ASING.

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This is the option I chose (click to enlarge)
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6. Fill up the form

Next, it’s time to fill up the form!

The first form that you need to fill is about yourself.

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First form is about your self (1/2)
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First form is about your self (2/2)
  • Nama: Your full name
  • NIK: Your NIK number which can be found in your KK or KTP
  • Jenis Kelamin: Your gender
  • Status Perkawinan: Your marital status
  • Tempat Lahir: Your birthplace
  • Tanggal Lahir: Your birthday
  • Alamat Email: Your email
  • No Handphone: Your handphone number without country code
  • No Telp: Your house phone number, if any
  • Pekerjaan: Your occupation
  • Surat Keterangan Naturalisasi: Your application number that can be found in ICA’s approval letter
  • Alamat Indonesia: Your address in Indonesia
  • Alamat Luar Negeri: Your overseas address
  • Negara: Your country of residence
  • Akta Lahir Nomor: Your birth cert reference number
  • Akta Lahir Tanggal: Your birth cert date of issue (not your birthday)
  • Akta Perkawinan Nomor: Your marriage cert reference number
  • Akta Perkawinan Tanggal: Your marriage cert date of issue
  • Nomor Passpor Republik Indonesia: Your Indonesian Passport’s number
  • Wilayah Terbit Passpor Republik Indonesia: Your Indonesian Passport’s place of issue
  • Tanggal Habis Berlaku Passpor Republik Indonesia: Your Indonesian Passport’s expiry date

Then, click “Selanjutnya.” You’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve filled up the correct information. Click “OK”

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The second form that you need to fill up is about your parent or your guardian.

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Second form is about your parent/guardian
  • Nama: Your parent/guardian’s name
  • Tempat Lahir: Your parent/guardian’s birthplace
  • Tanggal Lahir: Your parent/guardian’s birthday
  • Status Perkawinan: Your parent/guardian’s marital status
  • Kewarganegaraan: Your parent/guardian’s nationality
  • Alamat Email: Your parent/guardian’s email
  • No Hp: Your parent/guardian’s phone number
  • Alamat Tinggal: Your parent/guardian’s address

Then, click “Selanjutnya.” You’ll be asked to confirm that you’ve filled up the correct information. Click “OK”

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7. Download Surat Permohonan

Then, the Surat Permohonan will be generated for you. Click “Download” to save the file in your computer. This is a very important document.

Then, tick the box below the Download button, and click “Selanjutnya.”

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Download surat permohonan
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8. Upload the documents

Next, you need to upload the documents that you have scanned previously in Step No 3 above.

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Upload your documents to SAKE
  1. Fotokopi kutipan akta lahir / bukti kelahiran dari orang yang mengajukan permohonan: upload the color scanned copy of your original birth cert and legalized copy
  2. Fotokopi kutipan akta perkawinan/buku nikah/laporan perkawinan/ surat keterangan perkawinan dari orang yang mengajukan permohonan: upload the color scanned copy of your original ROM Cert (both English & Indonesian), and the legalized copies.
  3. Fotokopi paspor Republik Indonesia, surat yang bersifat paspor, atau surat lain yang dapat membuktikan bahwa orang yang mengajukan permohonan adalah warga negara Indonesia: upload the color scanned copy of your original passport and the legalized copy
  4. Surat Keterangan Naturalisasi: upload the color scanned copy of your original ICA’s final approval letter (both English & Indonesian), and the legalized copies
  5. Pasfoto berwarna terbaru dari orang yang mengajukan pernyataan dengan ukuran 4×6 cm (empat kali enam sentimeter) sebanyak 2 (dua) lembar: upload your photo of 4×6 with red background. Do crop the photo into the correct size (4cm by 6cm).

Then, click “Selanjutnya.”

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9. Choose Payment Method

Now, you’ve arrived at a page called “Pembayaran PNBP.” You need to choose whether you want to pay in Indonesia or Overseas.

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Choose payment method
  • Lokasi Pembayaran: Choose Dalam Negeri if you intend to pay in Indonesia, otherwise choose Luar Negeri. For me, I chose Luar Negeri.
  • Wilayah/Negara: If you chose Dalam Negeri in the previous option, now you need to choose the province from where you’ll make payment. If you chose Luar Negeri in the previous option, now you need to choose the country from where you’ll make payment. For me, I chose Singapura.

If you want to make payment in Indonesia, you need to ask your family member or friend to go to BNI counter to make the payment. Online payment wasn’t possible yet, based on what I heard.

To make payment in Singapore, there are 2 ways: through BNI at Cecil Street, or through DBS Remit. For me, I chose BNI at Cecil Street. My next step will be based on payment via BNI.

Then, click “Simpan”

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10. Make Payment

You’ll now see the page titled “SURAT PERINTAH BAYAR (PERMOHONAN DI LUAR NEGERI)”

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This part is just the instruction and T&Cs to make payment
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This is Surat Perintah Bayar, which you have to download and bring to the bank in order to make payment
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Here are the steps to make payment at BNI Cecil Street:

  • Click the blue button to download Surat Perintah Bayar
  • Print out Surat Perintah Bayar and bring it to BNI at Cecil Street
  • Make payment at the counter. SAKE application costs IDR 500,000. They accept SGD and they’ll convert to Rupiah.
  • Go back to BNI the next day to collect the payment receipt
  • Scan the payment receipt in color JPG/JPEG/PNG format and upload to SAKE system. The link to upload can be seen on beranda. After your upload, the link will disappear.
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Upload your payment receipt here

A reader (Evelyn) shared the process of using DBS Remit to make payment. Here’s how:

  • Login to your DBS online digibank
  • Go to Transfer > DBS Remit and Overseas Transfer
  • Key in the amount and click “Start New Transfer”
  • In the recipient details:
    • Recipient’s Full Name: Applicant Name (which is the ‘beneficiary account name’ in Surat Perintah Bayar)
    • Recipient’s Address: put “-“
    • Recipient Bank: follow Surat Perintah Bayar
    • Account Number: follow Surat Perintah Bayar
    • Purpose of Remittance: up to you
    • Resident’s Account Type: non-resident
  • After making the payment, take a screenshot of the confirmation page and upload it to SAKE. The link to upload can be seen on beranda. See photo above. After your upload, the link will disappear.
  • Print the screenshot of DBS Remit confirmation page, you need it for Step 11 below.
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11. Send the hardcopy documents to AHU Office in Jakarta

You’re almost there! Now, compile all of the documents listed below, put in an envelope (but don’t seal it yet because the courier will need to see the content of your envelope) and arrange for delivery with DHL/Fedex.

  • Color Photocopy of your birth certificate & the legalized copy
  • Color Photocopy of your passport & the legalized copy
  • Color Photocopy of your ROM (English & Indonesian) & the legalized copies of both languages, if any. Or photocopy of your Indonesian marriage cert & the legalized copy.
  • Photocopy of ICA’s final approval letter, the translated copy & the legalized copies of both languages
  • 2pcs photo of size 4×6 with red background
  • Color Photocopy of your KTP & the legalized copy
  • Surat permohonan (which you have downloaded in Step 7). You need to paste a materai at the signature field, and sign half on the materai and half on the paper. If unsure, google “tanda tangan materai” to see some samples.
  • Payment receipt from BNI or DBS Remit (which you received in Step 10)

PS: Some people may be confused whether to send the original legalized copy or the copy of the legalized copy. The answer is: you should send the original legalized copy. Here’s the logic: You own your original documents, so you can’t send your original documents to SAKE, but you need to prove to SAKE that you own the original document. To prove your ownership, you’re required to legalized the photocopy of your original document. So, the legalized document is the legal proof of your original documents. That’s why you need to send the original legalized copy.

PPS: Even though SAKE website requested the documents in F4-sized concorde paper or folio, I used A4 paper and there was no problem.

The address where you should send the document to is listed in your SAKE mailbox. The below image is what I can see in my mailbox.

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Address of AHU in Jakarta, this page can be found in your mailbox in SAKE portal

By the way, I DO NOT recommend sending your document via Singpost because it takes too long to arrive at AHU. I’d rather pay more but have a peace of mind.

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12. Keep praying and checking the SAKE system

It’ll take about 3-5 days for your document to arrive at AHU, you can track its journey through your courier’s website.

After the document arrives at AHU, it’ll take another 3-10 days for AHU to start processing your application. During this time, you can login to SAKE everyday (remember to clear your cache!) and check if any of the status turns green. Don’t get discourage if you don’t see any green status in the first 10 days, this thing takes time.

When you see the first green color in the status, it usually means that AHU has started to process your application. The most important status is the second status.

Between each status, there might be a gap of several days. During this stage, you must practice patience.

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13. If there is error in your application

If your second status is yellow, it probably means you lack some documents. What you need to do is to wait until the fifth status turns yellow, then click “View” and scroll down to see the comments.

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Yellow status means lack of documents

Below is example of the comments given by AHU. Sometimes, AHU’s comments are hard to understand. In the below example, there were 2 comments, but the first comment has been complied with, so it can be ignored. The real comment is in No 4, it says that ICA’s English letter has to be legalized.

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sample of AHU’s comment in SAKE portal

If you don’t understand their comments, try to contact them through Whatsapp, call enter or email. Here’s AHU contact details.

After you figure out what’s missing here’s what you need to do:

  • Go ahead and prepare that missing document
  • Scan that missing document in JPG/JPEG/PNG
  • Go to SAKE system, click “Ubah” and upload that missing document (PS: the button “Ubah” will only come out when number 5 turns yellow, so don’t be panic if you can’t find it yet)
  • Send the hardcopy of that missing document to AHU office via DHL/Fedex
  • Wait patiently (repeat step 12)
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14. If you get all green, congratulations!

If the second status is green, usually it means your application is good. You’ll just have to wait until all status turn green in order to download the approval letter.

Again, practice patience because it’ll take weeks.

15. Download the approval document

Now that you have gotten 5 greens, download the approval document.

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Sample of approved SAKE application. Click Unduh to download the approval letter.

During my time, I had to get it translated to English by sworn translator, so I get Anwar to translate for me. He gave me 2 copies of translation, 1 with photo and 1 without photo.

Update June 2021: Some people reported that it’s no longer necessary to translate the approved AHU Letter. You may want to check with ICA to confirm that they no longer require the translation of AHU letter.

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16. Make appointment with KBRI to surrender your Indonesian passport

To make appointment with KBRI to surrender your Indonesian passport, you can email to [email protected]. Do attach the SAKE approval letter in the email.

In this step, you’re dealing with Immigration section which is located at Level 1 of KBRI building.

17. Make appointment with KBRI Consular to legalize the approved AHU Letter

At the same time as Step 16, make appointment with KBRI Consular to legalize AHU approval letter via https://services.indonesianembassy.sg/  and choose Kekonsuleran. I’m not able to advise you the detailed steps because I did not use this online appointment service. During my time, I made appointment via email.

In this step, you’re dealing with Consular section which is located at Level 2 of KBRI building.

Do note that you’re dealing with 2 different department of KBRI Step 16 and Step 17, so you can’t combine both of them in a single email or a single appointment.

Update June 2021: Some people reported that it’s no longer necessary to legalize the approved AHU Letter.

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18. Surrender your Indonesian passport

On your appointment date to surrender passport, make your way to KBRI early because there’ll always be queue at KBRI. Wear appropriately (covered shoes, formal wear, covered shoulder, etc).

Remember to bring the hardcopy of your appointment email from KBRI, your passport, and the print out of AHU approval letter.

During my time, no queue number was issued to me, so I had to approach counter 1 to explain about my situation. They then gave me a form to fill up. After that, they’ll ask you to come back the next day to collect the acknowledgment letter. You don’t need to translate this acknowledgment letter.

19. Legalize your AHU approval letter

On your appointment date to legalize AHU approval letter, make your way to KBRI early because there’ll always be queue at KBRI. Wear appropriately (covered shoes, formal wear, etc).

Remember to bring the hardcopy of your appointment email from KBRI, the color print-out of AHU approval letter, the translated version of AHU approval letter (KBRI will take the one without photo), exact amount of SGD 35 cash.

After you take the queue number from security, go up to Level 2 and wait for your name to be called. Submit your documents to Consular, then go down to Level 1 Cashier to make payment.

You’ll be given a date to come back to KBRI to collect the legalized letter.

Update June 2021: Some people reported that it’s no longer necessary to legalize the approved AHU Letter.

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20. Go to ICA for Oath taking and submission of necessary documents

When you requested for extension in the earlier steps, ICA would’ve given you revised appointment date. On your appointment date with ICA, wear appropriately and bring the following documents.

  • Original ICA’s final approval letter
  • Original color printout of SAKE approval letter in Bahasa Indonesia and English
  • Original legalized English SAKE approval letter from KBRI
  • Acknowledgment letter of your passport surrender from KBRI
  • Your blue IC
  • 3pcs passport-sized photographs taken not more than 3 months ago

When you arrive at ICA, go to Level 6 and scan your ICA’s final approval letter to get a queue number. When your number is called, submit the above documents and make the necessary payment. During my time, it was SGD 80.

After the completion of registration, wait again for your number to be called for Oath taking.

After the Oath taking, you can go back home and submit your passport application online.

Congratulations, you’re officially a citizen of Singapore! But your pink IC will only be given to you during Citizenship Ceremony, so you’ll still need to practice patience. By this time, I’m pretty sure your patience is perfectly honed and you can withstand any challenges in your life calmly. Again, congratulations!

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FAQ

What if I don’t have Indonesian passport? Sorry, I have no answer to this, I guess you need to make a new one. But that’s just my guess.

What if I don’t have KTP? Firstly, do you have KK? If yes, you can use KK to retrieve your NIK number, and then legalize the KK and submit together with other documents to AHU.

If you don’t have KK, sorry, I myself have no experience in this. However, I would highly suggest that you make a new KK or join the KK of your family/relatives in Indonesia, this will smoothen your renunciation journey a lot. Alternatively, I heard that you can consider applying for NIT as a temporary KTP, and use the NIT number to fill the form where it requested for NIK, but I’m not sure how long it takes and whether this could solve your problem.

What if my KTP is expired? Some people used their expired KTP and it was accepted by AHU.

Do the documents need to be legalized by MFA and SLA? Nope, AHU doesn’t require any legalisation from MFA or SLA, they just need legalisation from Indonesian notary. Keep your money and don’t waste time making a trip to MFA/SLA like I did.

Can I go to KBRI without appointment? Nope, appointment is a must.

Do I HAVE TO follow your guide? Can I do it other way because of bla-bla-bla? You don’t have to. This is not the official guide, I am just sharing my own experience and reader’s experience. My experience is based on what my friend taught me to do. Sure, you can do it your way, but I can’t tell you whether your way is correct or not because I really don’t know; only official SAKE people have the answer and I’m not SAKE people.

Help! I can’t upload my docs, how? Or, my uploaded docs went missing, how? Or, I can’t log in, how? Based on my friends’ and my experience, SAKE website does have glitches from time to time, just be patient, give them time to sort their issues. Most of the time, things went back to normal after a few days.

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Please Note

This article is written based on my own experience and what I heard/read from other people. AHU and KBRI change system and procedures ALL. THE. TIME. So, it is possible that some part of my article is no longer valid. Please don’t take my advice as a professional advice. I’m just a blogger that you chance upon on the internet.

I’m not responsible for any changes in procedures and not responsible for any loss/damage you suffer in the course of your application.

I am not related to anyone in AHU, KBRI or ICA. I am not able to act on your behalf.

If you have recently completed the application and you notice some of the things in this article are no longer valid, feel free to let me know in the comment and I’ll do my best to include the new information.

If you have any question related to the procedure, you may ask me in the comment and I’ll do my best to answer if it’s not already stated in the article. I have a full-time job and this blog is just my hobby, so it may take days for me to respond to your comment. Hope for your understanding. And please don’t ask for my handphone number because I’m very shy 🙂

Good luck to your application!

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This Post Has 204 Comments

  1. Hello

    Hi, just wanted to share back information to the public after getting my SG citizenship (Dec 2021)

    Can confirm that:
    -Deny in Jakarta legalises docs without sending physical hard copies to him
    -You can use any ibanking service (e.g. UOB) for payment to SAKE, without going to any physical BNI branches or using DBS specifically.
    -May also consider local IDN translation services (e.g. going through Deny) – Anwar’s translated copy needs to be legalised by Indonesian embassy in SG which incurs extra time and cost

  2. Evelyn

    Hello! Thank you so much Prudent Dreamer for this. Really really helped me during my journey. Would like to share some information from my experience as well:

    1. I engaged Pak Daniel Budiyono (+62 812-9983-125) to translate my documents from Indonesia to English. He is able to send softcopy of the documents. His charge is around Rp 125rb per page (processing time 4 days) or Rp 200rb per page (faster processing time 1 day).

    2. I used notary services from Deny for legalization. He accepts scanned copies of the documents. I then asked him to send the legalized documents to my parents who live in Jakarta.

    3. For the Indonesian passport photo, just use Photoshop to change the white background to red (if you already have a passport photo with white background).

    4. I made payment to SAKE using DBS Remit. The recipient would be the ‘beneficiary account name’ (if it’s your own name, then yes, fill in your own name). For the account number, I put the ‘beneficiary account number’. For the recipient address, I put “-“. I put non-resident on the account type.

    5. For payment proof, I screenshot the confirmation page (upon completion of payment on DBS Remit) and uploaded it to SAKE. I also printed a hardcopy.

    6. I printed the Surat Permohonan, put a materai (Rp 10000) and signed on it, and then shipped it together with the DBS Remit proof of transaction to Jakarta (my parent’s house). I used DHL for this (Paid around $50, shipping took around 2 days iirc).

    It was really satisfying to see all the green circles on SAKE! Good luck for those on the journey!

    1. prudentdreamer

      Hi Evelyn, thank you so so so much for your sharing. It’s super helpful and I will include them in my post 🙂

  3. LSS

    Thanks for the very helpful information, Prudent Dreamer. Your detailed steps and tips are definitely a life saver to many of us who are clueless about the process of renunciation. Thanks to you, my husband manages to get the AHU letter approved in 6 working days. We were lucky that a family member was travelling to Jakarta. I also got my brother to get the documents legalised there and sent it straight to the AHU office. All these saved me shipping time. Translation through Anwar was also a great tip. He does it in lightning speed because he has a template ready. Please ensure to re- check his draft cause I found some typos. Other than that, he was great.

  4. Harry

    Hello,

    I am currently in the midst of renouncing my Indonesian citizenship as well. This article has helped to avoid so much headache and uncertainty.

    However, I would like to check if you happened to know what do I need to upload for marriage certificate if I am still single? The application doesn’t allow me to proceed further without marriage certificate.

    Look forward for some news

  5. Kk

    Hello, can I ask if how to receive surat perintah bayar? Because I didn’t receive it after submit all the documents

  6. Herman

    Thanks again to Prudent Dreamer. Without this blog, I don’t think I will be able to complete the renunciation smoothly. I have taking my oath. Just wait for the ceremony to happen. Good luck to everyone else in this journey.

    1. Hari

      Please share which notary do you legalize the document, did you sent original document ? Feel risky.

      1. Herman

        im using notary service from Deny who accepts scan copy of the orig doc. you may contact him directly for more details. Prudent Dreamer has Deny’s contact on the step by step guide.

  7. ivan

    Hi About the KBRI appoitmen how many you need to wait to get the appoitment?

    1. LSS

      I wrote to them on 27/12/21 and was given an appointment for 03/01/22.

  8. Elvina

    Can we legalize and notarize the documents in Singapore now? And don’t need to send physical copies to AHU anymore right?

  9. Harry

    May i know anyone got do payment via DBS remit before?.. What kind of confirmation we need for the proof?

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