Foreign Workers Permits Made Easier

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

Friday, August 28, 2009

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.

"In the web page, interested companies will have to register themselves and then include information and documents on the workers intending to reside in Costa Rica", wrote Hassel Fallas in

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