Costa Rica: Easier Entry for Qualified Labor

The government will grant special visas to representatives of foreign companies in the country and to those interested in investing.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Through a decree signed by President Chinchilla and Ministers of Foreign Trade and Public Security, foreign business executives and investors may remain in the country with "temporary resident" visas.

This will benefit businessmen entering the country by making it a possibility for them to have their documents processed in an expedited manner and therefore speed up the establishment of their businesses.

An article by Andrea Rodriguez in El Financiero notes: "The new regulation includes seven categories of companies that can benefit from this decree, examples are businesses in the installation phase and companies operating in the telecommunications sector under the supervision of Sutel".

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Migratory Regularization in Panama

June 2016

A new edict orders procedures which are very similar to the "melting pot" held under previous administrations, in order to regularize the status of undocumented immigrants.

An article on reports that "...Decrees 167 and 168 issued on June 3, 2016 by the Executive for general regularization and also for migrants from China, respectively, have generated a debate about its resemblance to Decree 547 of July 22, 2012, whereby migratory regularization fairs known as the Melting Pot were created during the administration of Ricardo Martinelli."

Panama Continues to Regularizing Foreign Workers

October 2013

Another 11,000 foreigners from 44 different countries have regularized their immigration status and obtained work and residency permits.

" ... Some 54 foreign nationalities have regularized their status, in the seventeen days that the process takes, without any hitches, although the number of regularized people has increased compared to the previous processes," said Javier Carrillo , director general of the National Immigration Service (SNM by its initials in Spanish) .

Foreign Workers Permits Made Easier

August 2009

In Costa Rica, residence permits for foreign workers will be requested via Internet.

The new system shortens to 10 days the time required for the procedure, saving companies money.

Starting Tuesday, 4 companies will participate in the pilot plan, and there are 58 registered companies interested in using the system.

Costa Rica cuts red tape for business visas

May 2008

Foreign business executives can now obtain visas and residence permits within Costa Rica, so cutting time and red tape in the process, according to Migration Department directive.

Previously they could only apply for the documents at Costa Rican consulates in their home countries, a process that many criticized as a great waste of time and expense.

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