Costa Rica – Immigration Bureau Closed

Posted on September 7, 2018

On Tuesday September 4, 2018 the main offices of the General Directorate of Migration (DGME) in San Jose, Costa Rica, were closed after a raid by the Judicial Investigation Directorate (O.I.J.). The joint operation with the Panamanian authorities named “Heaven… Read more »


Costa Rica – Significant Delays for Temporary Residence Permits

Posted on July 24, 2018

Costa Rica is experiencing an influx of refugees from other Latin America countries that have submitted asylum applications to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.  The intake of applications is now creating a delay in the processing of Temporary… Read more »


Costa Rica – Fines Subjected to Overstay

Posted on March 26, 2018

  Effective April 20, 2018, foreign nationals in Costa Rica, as tourists or temporary residents, will be fined 100 USD per month for their unauthorized stay after their visa has expired at the time they exit the country.  The fine… Read more »


Costa Rica – New Social Security Registration Requirements for Dependents

Posted on December 15, 2017

  Effective immediately, dependent family members of applicants for permanent or temporary residence are required to register separately with the Social Security Administration of Costa Rica (CCSS) after completing the residence application process. Previously, dependent family members could be included… Read more »


Costa Rica – Changes to the Post-Arrival Temporary Residence Application Process

Posted on September 25, 2017

  Effective August 16, 2017, changes have been made to the application procedure for temporary residence for employees of registered companies who are applying post-arrival in Costa Rica. Fingerprinting and Consular Registration The main applicant must now register with their… Read more »


COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

Posted on August 28, 2017

The Immigration authorities have this week implemented an expedited process for the issuance of Identification cards for employees of accredited companies. What has changed? Qualifying employers are now able to submit requests on behalf of their foreign national employees for… Read more »


Costa Rica – New Visa Rules

Posted on December 9, 2016

The Costa Rican Government has issued new visa rules for Non – Residents that will amend the visa requirements and the allowed periods of stay for certain nationalities to go into effect December 14, 2016. Nationalities will be divided into… Read more »


Costa Rica – Work Permit Applications Delayed

Posted on November 18, 2016

The current processing time of work permit applications is 40 days, however, has been increased by four weeks due to staffing shortages at the Migration Bureau.  There are 20,000 pending cases at the Migration Bureau.  Even once a case is… Read more »


COSTA RICA – Visa Overstays Subject to Fines

Posted on November 20, 2014

Foreign nationals who have overstayed their visas in Costa Rica and have not filed for change of status or started an application to renew their visa are now subject to fines of $100 USD for every month they remain out-of-status…. Read more »