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Location of Indonesia
Record Description
Record Type Naturalization & Citizenship
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Title in the Language: Catatan Naturalisasi dan Kewarganegaraan
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Record Background

Indonesia is an island nation inhabited since 2000 BC. It was colonized by the Dutch in 1602 and gained its independence in 1949. As a country dependent on agriculture as well as trade with foreign nations, it is a country filled with several languages, religions, and peoples. The custom of naming children is one example of diversity: In general, the everyday Indonesian typically will have only one name, while those of the middle class more often have two names like in Western cultures. In other words, longer names may be an indicator of an individual’s social status.

Immigration to Indonesia also took place when huge populations from the Indian subcontinent visited the country and settled there. For working in Indonesia, the foreigners have to send their application to the immigration office. Beginning with the Dutch colonial period until the year 2000, the policy of forced migration (transmigrasi) to move people from heavily population areas to more sparsely populated ones to reduce poverty and overcrowding was actively practiced.

Naturalization and citizenship records were created by district courts (Pengadilan Negeri) and local civil registration offices in Indonesia. The Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI), or applications for citizenship, were primarily filled out by Chinese immigrants to Indonesia. The Surat Pernyataan Keterangan Melepaskan Kewarganegaraan Republik Rakyat Tionkok Untuk Tetap Menjadi Warganegara Republik Indonesia were exclusively used for Chinese nationals.

Collection Contents

During the naturalization process an individual was required to produce multiple documents to establish their identity. Because of this these records contain materials that may be duplicated in other collections. The collections may include the following record types:

Kartu Tanda Penduduk Warga Negara 
Identity cards
Permohonan Ahli Waris 
Court decrees of inheritance
Permohonan Akte Kelahiran 
Applications for birth certificate
Permohonan Akte Perkawinan 
Applications for marriage certificate
Permohonan Anak Angkat 
Applications for adoption of a child
Permohonan Ganti Nama 
Applications for name changes
Permohonan Pewarganegaraan 
Applications for naturalization
Permohonan Surat bukti kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia (SBKRI) 
Proof of Indonesian Citizenship
Surat Pernyataan Keterangan Melepaskan Kewarganegaraan Republik Rakyat Tionkok Untuk Tetap Menjadi Warganegara Republik Indonesia 
Renunciation of Chinese citizenship and acceptance of Indonesian citizenship

Court Decrees of Inheritance

Court Decrees of Inheritance (Permohonan Ahli Waris)

  • Person's name
  • Parent's name
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Applications for Naturalization

Applications for Naturalization (Pewarganegaraan)

  • Person's name
  • Gender
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Names of parents
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Identity Cards

Identity Cards (Kartu Tanda Penduduk)

  • Original full name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Age
  • Residence
  • Occupation
  • Name of spouse
  • Marriage date and place
  • Names of children, birth dates and birthplaces
  • Name of person declaring the Information
  • Names of witnesses

Name Change Applications

Name Change Applications (Ganti Nama)

  • Original full name
  • Desired new name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Residence
  • Occupation

Proof of Indonesian Citizenship

Proof of Indonesian Citizenship (Surat Bukti Kewarganegaraan Republik Indonesia)

  • Person's name
  • Birth date and birthplace
  • Residence

These records were not required for Chinese Indonesians after 20 January 1962.

Renunciation of Chinese Citizenship

Renunciation of Chinese Citizenship (Melepaskan kewarganegaraan Republik Rakjat Tiongkok)

  • Person's name
  • Names of spouse and minor children
  • Birthplace
  • Residence

Research Helps

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