Certain Foreign Nationals Will Become Work And Payroll Ready More Quickly

Author:Fragomen &nbsp
Profession:Fragomen
 

At a Glance

Foreign nationals applying for a short-stay visa or for accredited-company temporary residence may now work in Costa Rica during the processing of their applications, due to a new rule published by the Costa Rican government. Previously, applicants had to wait until their short-term visas (which take approximately four to five weeks to process) or residence applications (which take approximately four to five months to process) were approved. Upon filing their immigration applications, foreign nationals are generally issued an application filing receipt, which will now provide sufficient evidence for eligible foreign nationals to begin work and for employers to enroll their workers in the local payroll. The situation

The Costa Rican government has published a new rule which allows certain foreign nationals to work in Costa Rica during the processing of their immigration application and which is effective immediately.

A closer look

Details of the new rule include the following:

Eligible foreign nationals. The following foreign nationals are eligible to work during the processing of their immigration applications: Foreign nationals who have applied or are applying for a short-stay visa; Foreign nationals who have applied or are applying for accredited-company temporary residence; and Foreign nationals entering the country as non-resident international transportation personnel. Clarification needed for certain foreign nationals. It remains unclear whether foreign employees of accredited companies filing other immigration applications (such as change of status from special category permit to temporary residence, change of status from dependent to worker or change of employer applications) can take advantage of the new rule. Fragomen will contact the Costa Rican General Immigration Directorate for clarification. Interim work authorization. Upon filing their immigration applications, foreign nationals are generally issued an application filing receipt, which will now provide sufficient evidence for eligible foreign nationals to begin work and for employers to enroll their workers in the local payroll. Previously, foreign nationals could only begin working and be enrolled in local payroll upon the approval of the residence or visa application. Post-application adjudication. The filing receipt is only valid as...

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