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COSTA RICA – New Expedited ID Card Process for Registered Companies

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 appointments for ID card applications (for initial or renewal Temporary Residence, immigration status change and change of employer) via email to the Bank of Costa Rica.

The new process should be completed within one to four weeks of the appointment request, compared to more than two months for the standard process.

Who is eligible?

To qualify for the new process, employers must be already registered with the Directorate General of Immigration and Nationality.

The employee must have already obtained approval for their Temporary Residence, change of immigration status or change of employer application, and their immigration status must not have expired in cases of renewal.

Action Items

  • Qualifying employers should consult with an immigration specialist for assistance with the new procedure for requesting an ID card application appointment.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by BLP and Immigration Solutions Costa Rica.

Newland Chase provides specialist immigration services worldwide.

CIBT is a world leader in short-term outbound visa requirements for expats and businesses.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2021 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.