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Mixed-marriage families rejoice over new visa policy

  • Made Anthony Iswara
    Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, October 8, 2020   /  09:05 am
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Jakarta resident Minanty Karyani says she was overjoyed upon receiving a limited stay visa for family reunification (VITAS 317) two weeks ago, after being separated from her family for the last seven months. The seven-month separation was because her husband, a Singaporean, does not possess a stay permit to enter Indonesia while Minanty herself does not hold a long-term visa to reside in Singapore. “I’m very happy about [the new visa policy] and I’m sure that this will bring joy to other mixed-marriage families,” said Minanty in a video message broadcast during a webinar on Wednesday. Minanty and many other mixed-marriage families have been able to breathe a sigh of relief as they can now reunite in Indonesia with their family members who were abroad, thanks to a recent change in visa policy. The Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Immigration Direct...