Immigration update for Costa Rica

UPDATE: October 16, 2017

The Costa Rican immigration authorities (DGME) have cancelled the changes to fingerprinting and consular registration outlined below. It is no longer a mandatory requirement for the main applicant and any dependents to submit fingerprints and complete a consular registration in advance of submitting their post-arrival temporary residence applications. Although, this is still recommended to avoid delays.

This update was prepared using information obtained from the DGME.

The Costa Rican authorities have implemented changes to the temporary residence application process for employees of registered companies who are applying post-arrival in Costa Rica. This is effective as of August 16, 2017.

Fingerprinting and Consular Registration

Prior to submitting their temporary residence application, the main applicant is now required to register with their home country consulate in Costa Rica, as well as attend an appointment to provide their fingerprints at the Public Security authorities.

In the past, these steps could be completed after obtaining the temporary residence approval. Fingerprinting is required for all temporary residence applicants as well as their dependents over the age of 12. Consular registration is required for all foreign nationals as well as their dependents, regardless of age.

Social Security Registration

Once the application for temporary residence is approved, and before applying for a residence card, the main applicant as well as all dependents over the age of 18 are now required to register with the Costa Rican Social Security Office, whereas previously only the main applicant was required to complete the social security registration.

Key Considerations

Registered Companies who are hiring foreign nationals should ensure their employees and their dependents complete the fingerprinting, consular registration and social security registration. Companies should also allow more time before the main applicant can begin work.

This news alert was prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Crown World Mobility.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Roberta Carnaccini, Global Operations Director for Immigration.