What has changed
Effective 5 May 2019, certain applicants for permanent residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies”, but must instead submit their application via the “Regular Windows”.
Who is affected
Clients who have hired or intend to employ foreign nationals in Costa Rica who have or will have permanent residence applications.
What to expect
The change affects applications for change of status from temporary to permanent residence, and applications for permanent residence on the basis of a family relationship with a Costa Rican national.
Applicants who are associated with accredited companies in Costa Rica could previously submit these permanent residence applications through the “Special Windows”, and receive priority processing. Processing of these applications is now expected to take approximately eight (8) to twelve (12) months.