Costa Rica – Impact to Immigration Processes Due to Civil Unrest in Neighboring Countries

What has changed?

Refugees fleeing other countries in Latin America, predominantly Nicaragua and to a lesser extent Venezuela and Colombia, have created an influx of applications for asylum being submitted to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería ( General Directorate of Migration and Immigration) in San José. As a result, in the past two (2) weeks there has been a dramatic increase in the number of asylum applications being submitted daily.

Who is affected?

Clients sending employees to Costa Rica on assignment and clients with employees already residing/working in Costa Rica.

What to expect

  • Processing times for Temporary Residence Permit applications being filed at the Recognized Companies Window (Companies registered with the Immigration Department in Costa Rica) are currently experiencing additional processing times of about two (2) to four (4) weeks and overall processing times of about four (4) to five (5) months.
  • Processing times for Temporary Residence Permit applications being filed in the regular windows are currently experiencing additional processing times of about one (1) to three (3) months. Overall processing times of about nine (9) to twelve (12) months.
  • Estancia (Short-Term Work Permit) applications and renewal applications are not experiencing any significant impact at the moment, but Emigra Worldwide will continue to monitor this closely.

 

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Because of the projected increase in processing times, please take this into consideration when planning transfers or requesting services for Costa Rica.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.