The Minister of Justice releases information on immigration services in the United States

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The government has an obligation to provide comprehensive service and protection to every Indonesian citizen under all circumstances, both in the country and abroad.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Minister of Law and Human Rights, Yasonna Hamonangan Laoly, has disseminated information on citizenship and immigration services to the Indonesian diaspora residing in the United States on the sidelines of his visit to work in the country from November 12 to 19, 2021.

“The government has an obligation to provide comprehensive service and protection to every Indonesian citizen under all circumstances, both at home and abroad,” he said, according to a written statement received here on Friday.

There are approximately three million Indonesians in the United States, including children of Indonesian citizens, former citizens, and their children. Some of them already have permanent citizenship, but others don’t, he said.

Lack of information regarding citizenship services made it difficult for some of them to obtain Indonesian citizenship, even if they applied for it, according to Laoly.

“This socialization is important so that Indonesians who live abroad can get information from the primary source,” he added.

To facilitate access to citizenship services for Indonesian citizens living abroad, the ministry, through the Directorate General of General Legal Administration or AHU, has launched an electronic citizenship administration system. (SAKE), he said.

“SAKE is borderless. It is no longer limited by space and time as the application is accessible worldwide via www.ahu.go.id“, informed Laoly.

During her visit, Laoly also highlighted the limited dual citizenship that specifically applies to children of Indonesians married to foreign nationals.

Dual nationality is limited and at the age of 18, beneficiaries must choose one of the nationalities, he explained.

The obligation to choose between two nationalities can be extended until the age of 21 or even after marriage, he added.

Limited dual citizenship is governed by the Citizenship Law No. 12 of 2006, he said.

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