Costa Rica: Flexibility for Foreign Labor
Monday, August 25, 2014
Businessmen are demanding that costs be reduced and the procedures required for immigrants to obtain temporary work permits be simplified.
The Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica (Cadexco) has asked the General Department of Immigration and Foreign Services for migration processes to be improved and for a reduction in the cost of issuing permits, which currently "... has a cost of $98 for issuing a document which only lasts one year, so if you want to come in the next harvest you will have to pay again, which affects not only the employee but also the employer." reports that "...To discuss this topic, Cadexco authorities met with the Deputy Minister of Interior, Carmen Muñoz and the General Director of Immigration and Foreign Services, Kathya Rodriguez and they decided to receive a preliminary proposal on 3 September 2014."

"...They also discussed options for companies to not have to submit their financial statements in order to open a master file but rather that the Department of Immigration and Foreign Services by an agreement or other means could have access information from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), to verify that it is a legally constituted company."
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Agriculture: Restrictions on Foreign Labor
September 2020
The decision was made not to extend the decree that allows employers to regulate the immigration status of workers who come to Costa Rica to work in agricultural activities.
The decree concerned is No. 42406-MAG-MGP and establishes that employers in the agricultural sector may regularize the immigration status of foreigners who entered the country between January 15, 2016 and January 15, 2020.
Labor Migration Procedures Too Long
July 2016
International labor mobility as an important factor in business competitiveness is being obstructed in Costa Rica by the inefficiency of the Department of Immigration.
Panama Changes its Immigration Policy
May 2015
It has been announced that there will be an end to liberality in granting residence permits in the so-called melting pot, and the revision of the immigration status of resident foreigners whose papers have expired.
From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:
Contracting foreigners to be easier in Costa Rica
May 2008
After May 19, the list of types of companies that can contract foreign workers through special work permits will be expanded. Previously, foreign workers were restricted to jobs within the special economic zone.
Companies included in the new system are those that operate special programs of export promotions and productivity improvement, exporters of goods and services, tourist and financial operations, and the non-export sector.
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