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Costa Rica

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 business immigration system includes mechanisms for business visits, short-term temporary employment, long-term temporary employment, and adjustment of status to permanent residence.

In Costa Rica, there are no restrictions on the activities that business visitors may perform, provided that they do not receive any remuneration from a Costa Rican company. The maximum allowable stay as a business visitor is generally 90 days.  Some nationals may be limited to a business visit of 30 days and will need to obtain work authorization for longer stays.

For business visits that are longer than 90 days, work authorization will be required. There are two basic types of work authorization in Costa Rica:  (1) the Short-Stay Visa and (2) the Temporary Residence Permit. The Short-Stay Visa is appropriate for short-term assignments of up to one year during which the employee will remain on home company payroll.  The Temporary Residence Permit is appropriate for assignments of any duration for which the foreign national will sign an employment contract and be placed on local payroll.  It is also appropriate for foreign nationals with accompanying dependents.  There are also special categories that grant some foreign nationals work authorization based on special criteria.  

Note that unless a company is accredited,  processing times for work authorization can reach 10 to 12 months, and there is no guarantee of approval.

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

Fragomen in Costa Rica is Fragomen Costa Rica Immigration Services, LLC Ltda.
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