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Document Requirements

The following documents are required for submitting the application for a work permit:

  1. Criminal Background Check.
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Application Form (CRIE will complete this for you)
  4. Application Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you)
  5. Fingerprints (Obtained from a Local Police Station in Costa Rica, CRIE will assist you with this)
  6. Certified Copy of the passport (CRIE will complete this for you)
  7. Consular Registration (CRIE will assist you to complete)
  8. Six passport size photographs (Completed when you visit our office)
Work Permit - Employee
Due to changes at immigration we can no longer assist with new work permit applications for employees, until further notice.

• Authenticated job offer or contract indicating functions, hours, and salary, signed by employer.
• Proof of employer’s economic solvency (such as income certification by Certified Public Accountant)
• Must remain in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.

Work Permit - Employer

• Company documents
• Business license from corresponding municipality
• Business sanitation permit from Ministry of Health
• Income certification by Certified Public Accountant
• Proof of payment/registration of company income taxes
• Proof of Caja (CCSS) registration of company
• Must remain in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.

Two Installment Plan - $2400
SECOND PAYMENT
$1200
  • Once application is submitted and a case number is provided
  • Includes:
  • Application status tracking
  • Constant in-person follow-ups at immigration offices
  • Responding to feedback from immigration
  • Facilitating the issuance of your first residency card (DIMEX)
  1. CRIE includes the Application Fee ($50) and the Change of Status Fee ($200), as well as the required legal stamps, deposited to immigration on your behalf.
  2. Translations to Spanish of 1 birth certificate, 1 typical “clean sheet” police record, 1 consular registration, and 1 passport are included.
  3. Certified copies of standard passport and application documents are included.

Pricing does NOT include:

  • Obtaining legalized or apostilled documents from your home country, such as birth certificates, police records, or marriage certificates (CRIE can assist you with this for an additional fee).
  • CCSS Registration upon approval of your residency (CRIE can assist you with this for an additional fee).
  • Guarantee Deposit upon approval — depending on your country of origin (examples: USA $361, Canada $483, Spain $1,061, United Kingdom $1,301).
  • The cost of your first residency card (DIMEX) — typically $123 for this residency category.
  • Getting your Costa Rican Driver’s License.
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