Costa Rica Issues Migration Regulations

The General Migration and Foreign Affairs Office issued new regulations and guidelines for entry visas.

Friday, June 1, 2012

A press release by Lexincorp Central America reads:

On May, 17th, the highly anticipated Alien Bylaws were finally issued as a complement to the General Migration and Foreign Affairs Law, which is in force since March, 10th 2010. In these bylaws, several aspects of the law are specifically regulated such as residencies, visas, guest workers, among others mentioned.

One of the most interesting aspects is the cost of the procedures to obtain a legal permanence in the country. The $200 payment to change from one migratory category to other remains the same, as well as the $50 payment to request a resident status. Legal stays and tourist visa prorogations also maintain their $100 payment to file the request.

The warranty deposit, that should cover an eventual deportation, is regulated through the bylaws properly created for it, which is why is not broadly covered by the Alien Bylaws.

Regarding pensioners and annuitant residents, the minimum pension and rent amount remains the same: $1,000 and $2,500 respectively, as the law had established in spite of the belief that it would be changed.

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Visas to Enter Costa Rica

February 2011

New immigration regulations state which foreigners require visas to enter the country and the length of their stay.

The Department of Immigration of Costa Rica issued on Jan. 14, Regulation DG-3312-2010, which details visitors of which countries require an entry visa and the duration of those visas, according to the nationality of the traveler.

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