Costa Rica Passes Stiffer Immigration Law
New regulations impose more controls on foreign population, with severe fines for illegal aliens.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The new law includes penalties for companies hiring undocumented immigrants and $100 monthly fines for foreigners staying illegally in the country.
According to the Union of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (PyMEs), the new migratory law has made the country less competitive for the small investor.
Criticized by those that are affected, the new immigration legislation will regulate the stay of foreigners in the country and modernized laws that date back to 1960.
The proposed reform will include the category of an investor, not provided for by current law.
The Costa Rican Comptroller vetoed an agreement that would have allowed the construction of a $1 billion petroleum refinery.
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