Indonesia Introduces Global Talent Visa as Citizens Opt for Singaporean Citizenship

Indonesia Introduces Global Talent Visa as Citizens Opt for Singaporean Citizenship

The number of Indonesian citizens who have opted to change their nationality and become citizens of Singapore has reached 3,912. This significant figure, recorded between 2019 and 2022 by the Immigration Office, has prompted the implementation of the Global Talent Visa policy as a response to the increasing number of Indonesian nationals who have chosen to change their citizenship.

The Directorate General of Immigration under the Ministry of Law and Human Rights has provided this data, emphasizing that the individuals who have transitioned to Singaporean citizenship fall within the productive age range of 25-35 years.

Director General of Immigration, Silmy Karim, highlighted the importance of legal and voluntary changes in nationality, especially when motivated by the pursuit of a better quality of life.

Silmy further expressed optimism regarding the potential of the Global Talent Visa policy, stating that it is designed to attract the world’s finest talents to Indonesia. This policy, classified as part of the Golden Visa program, focuses on granting foreign nationals with exceptional skills and expertise the opportunity to contribute to Indonesia’s economy and human resource development.

The criteria and requirements for eligibility under the Global Talent Visa are outlined by Silmy, including graduation from one of the top 100 universities worldwide with a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5, as evidenced by a diploma.

Additionally, proof of expertise in specific fields aligned with the country’s needs, as determined by the Minister/Director General’s Decision, along with endorsement letters from relevant ministries/agencies, are also necessary.

Silmy further explained that the government is currently in the process of finalizing the Government Regulation that will serve as the legal basis for the Golden Visa program. Once signed by the President, this regulation will be issued promptly, providing a framework for the implementation of the Global Talent Visa.

Highlighting the global trend of attracting high-quality foreign talents through visa and residency programs, Silmy emphasized Indonesia’s need for productive and potential human resources. He stated that the country’s objective is to tap into talent not only domestically but also internationally. Hence, the initiation of the Global Talent Visa aims to create an environment that welcomes and benefits from the contributions of outstanding individuals from around the world.