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Mexican National Requests Indonesian Citizenship To Support Bali Economy

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A Mexican national named Israel Ravirosa Figueroa has requested Indonesian citizenship to help support the Bali economy.

Bali immigration office

In a citizenship application trial led by Constantinus Kristomo on Wednesday (22/12), Israel was interviewed by the verification team to follow up his request to be an Indonesian citizen. The verification team also includes the Head of Law and Human Rights Minister, Jamaruli Manihuruk, Immigration officers, and police officers.

The man, who has been living in Seminyak, Bali since 2010, admitted that he had fallen in love with Bali since the first time he visited the island in 2006.

Bali immigration office

“He fell in love with Bali when he visited the island in 2006, and it motivated him to begin learning the Indonesian language. Today, he can speak our language quite fluently,” Jamaruli said on Thursday (23/12).

Israel decided to come back to Bali in 2010 and began to work as a director in a private company with a Temporary Stay Permit Card.

Travel paperwork

“If we approve his request, he will only have one nationality in accordance with the Indonesian regulations. We hope he could give more contribution to Indonesia in the future,” Jamaruli added. Meanwhile, Israel committed to support the local community if he is able to continue living in Bali.

“I must continue to live here in Bali, not only for me but also for the local people. I will help provide more jobs to support the economy,” Israel concluded.

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Reno Balapa

Sunday 26th of December 2021

I think we must be careful to let Mexican stay here. I have watch some Cheech and Chong movie and there is always the marijuana which is not good for our country. Let him have visa and keep an eye on his activity.

Wayan Bo

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

@Reno Balapa, it’s perhaps descendant of Carlos Castaneda or Frieda Kahlo.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 23rd of December 2021

Since Indonesian regulations allow only one citizenship it’s not desirable to apply for it, in 1980’s it wasn’t so. Free countries don’t have such regulations and allow more citizenships.


Wednesday 29th of December 2021

@Wayan Bo, India ranks 90 in the global passport index. An Indian citizen practically need a visa or a visa on arrival for many countries. A Chinese passport ranks 72nd in the global passport index. Nevertheless according to you an Indonesian passport is in 63rd place which better than nothing at all.


Wednesday 29th of December 2021

@Ben, seriously Ben!! What because you may have a better passport than your previous one.

Wayan Bo

Saturday 25th of December 2021

@Ben, on Global Passport Power Rank for 2021 indonesian passport is ranked on 63rd place.


Friday 24th of December 2021

@Wayan Bo, I would not give up another citizenship really, at least not a convenient one for travel. It's a lot easier in most places with that passport!