By: Mohamad Rafi Andiansyah, S.H. and Yudistira Adipratama, S.H., LL.M.
Date: September 29, 2023
In a landmark move aimed at boosting the development of national sports, Indonesia has introduced Regulation of the Minister of Youth and Sports Affairs No. 10 of 2023 on Procedures for the Securing of Recommendations for the Granting of Citizenship of the Republic of Indonesia to Foreign Citizens and Sports Workers. Enforced since August 3, 2023, this regulation paves the way for foreign athletes and sports workers, including those in the rapidly growing field of esports, to become Indonesian citizens. K-CASE Lawyer intends to shed light on this significant development in the world of sports and immigration.
Esports has become a global phenomenon, attracting talent from all corners of the world. Indonesia recognizes the potential of esports as a sport and entertainment industry, and this regulation reflects the government’s commitment to fostering its growth. Foreign esports athletes and sports workers who meet specific criteria may now be proposed for Indonesian citizenship through recommendations issued by the Minister of Law and Human Rights.
Key Criteria for Foreign Athletes
For foreign athletes aspiring to become Indonesian citizens, several crucial criteria must be met:
- Age Requirement: Applicants must be between 18 and 30 years old.
- Indonesian Family Ties: They should have grandparents or parents who are Indonesian citizens.
- International Achievements: Foreign athletes must have demonstrated exceptional achievements in their countries of origin at the international level.
- National Interest: They must have contributed to national sports development or fulfilled national interest-related considerations.
Key Criteria for Foreign Sports Workers
Foreign sports workers, which may include coaches, analysts, or other support staff in the sports industry, must meet the following criteria:
- International Achievements: They should have a track record of achievements in their home countries at the international level.
- Contributions to Indonesian Sports: Foreign sports workers must have made significant contributions to the sports sector within Indonesia.
- International Qualifications: They must possess the necessary qualifications and competence within the sports sector at the international level.
- National Interest Considerations: Similar to athletes, they must fulfil various national interest considerations.
The application process for securing recommendations for Indonesian citizenship under this regulation is a meticulous one. It involves the submission of applications by the General Chairman of the National Sports Organization. These applications should be accompanied by comprehensive studies and administrative documents that demonstrate the foreign athlete’s or sports worker’s eligibility.
Timing is crucial. Applications must be submitted at least six months before the foreign athletes and sports workers intend to join the relevant national teams. This timeline allows for thorough evaluation and ensures that only qualified individuals receive the coveted recommendations.
Indonesia’s Regulation No. 10 of 2023 opens up exciting opportunities for foreign athletes and sports workers, including those in the burgeoning esports industry. The government’s commitment to national sports development, coupled with the recognition of esports as a legitimate sport, is a significant step forward. At K-CASE Lawyer, we understand the complexities of immigration law and the evolving landscape of esports. If you are a foreign athlete or sports worker considering Indonesian citizenship, we are here to guide you through the application process, ensuring a smooth transition into this vibrant and growing esports ecosystem. Contact us to explore the possibilities that this regulation holds for you in the world of Indonesian esports.