Obtaining a Costa Rica Work Permits is not as simple as it may appear in other countries. The process is technically easy, though: “Find an employer, then get a work permit, and finally get your work visa,” it isn’t that simple. Obtaining a work permit in Costa Rica is almost impossible. The reason is the high level of restrictions the government has put in place to ensure that foreigners do not take the jobs Costa Rica citizens can have. Furthermore, while Costa Rica provides temporary residency permits to foreigners who wish to stay longer than three months, this does not automatically allow you to work. Also, without previous authorization, only Costa Rican citizens or Permanent Residents can work in the country. In case you need more information about getting jobs in Costa Rica, please click HERE.
Costa Rican Work Permits include:
- Artists, Athletes, and Entertainers;
- Domestic Worker;
- Specific Unique Occupation;
- Preventive Maintenance Services and Corrective Post Sales Management;
- Specific Occupation with a Company (legal entity);
- Temporary workers;
- Professional and Technical Guests;
- Transferee Staff;
- Tran frontier workers;
- Self-employed individuals in the agriculture, construction, and services sectors;
- Well-established company self-employed individuals.
Requirements for Employee:
- Signed letter from intended employer, acting as guarantor;
- Authenticated job offer or contract indicating functions, hours, and salary, signed by an employer;
- Proof of employer’s economic solvency (such as income certification by Certified Public Accountant);
- Must remain in Costa Rica at least one day per year;
- Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
Requirements for Employer:
• Company documents;
• Business license from the corresponding municipality;
• Business sanitation permit from Ministry of Health;
• Income certification by Certified Public Accountant;
• Proof of payment/registration of company income taxes;
• Caja (CCSS) registration of the company;
• Must remain in Costa Rica at least one day per year;
• Cannot claim spouse and dependents under 18 years of age.
- The documents meeting the requirements of the chosen category (employee or employer);
- Criminal Background Check;
- Birth Certificate;
- Application Form and Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you);
- Fingerprints (CRIE will assist you with this);
- Certified Copy of the passport (we help you with it);
- Consular Registration (we help you with it);
- Eight passport-size photographs (completed when you visit our office).
* – All the documents should be apostilled in your country of origin (if your home country is not part of the Apostille Convention, the documents should be authenticated or legalized in the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin.
$1200 -Per Applicant
Payable in 2 installments (pay in full and ask for a discount)
- * 2ND PAYMENT IS DUE WHEN CASE FILE IS COMPLETED
Apart from our service fees, please keep in mind that there will be Government Fees and expenses (such as translations into Spanish, Change of Status fee, Application fee, Local Fingerprints Appointment fee, ID card – DIMEX, Guarantee Deposit, Caja Registration).
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*Taxes are not included in the price
*All prices subject to change without notice
TIME EXTENSIONS FOR SUBMITTING DOCUMENTS
To point out, you have 90 days to submit all required documents to Immigration (DGME) once an application case file is opened. Let’s say a residency applicant has difficulties obtaining documents within the allotted 90-day period, and we can help. In this case, CRIE can request an extension of time to submit the documents (at the cost of $100.00 US, per time extension request).
If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME).