Costa Rica Immigration Services

Whether your company is sending employees to Costa Rica or expanding outside of Costa Rica to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced Costa Rica immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

​​• Costa Rica's immigration system provides several options for employers of foreign nationals including mechanisms for business visits, short-term assignments or employment, long-term temporary employment, and adjustment of status to permanent residence.

• A business entry authorization allows foreign nationals to perform a wide range of business and professional activities in Costa Rica for up to 30 or 90 days (depending on nationality), provided they do not receive remuneration locally. Visa-exempt nationals may receive the business entry authorization upon arrival, while visa nationals require either a Consular or a Restricted Entry Visa, depending on their nationality. A Restricted Entry Visa must be approved by the Restricted Visa Commission​ in Costa Rica before a consulate may issue it.

• Foreign nationals seeking to conduct business or ​work activities for more than 30 or 90 days (depending on nationality) or seeking to conduct any locally remunerated activity in Costa Rica require work authorization. The Short-Stay Visa is used by skilled foreign nationals seeking to conduct business or professional activities for more than 30 or 90 days (depending on nationality) or short-term remunerated work in Costa Rica. It permits work initially from​ six months to one year.

• The primary category of work authorization is the Temporary Residence (either for accredited or non-accredited companies), which is typically granted for two years. Companies that are accredited by immigration authorities in Costa Rica receive benefits such as a special processing desk for immigration applications with shorter processing times ​and the ability to work during the processing of their immigration applications.​

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request


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