Work Visa

Costa Rica
Cost of Living


The General Directorate of Migration and Immigration is the entity in charge of authorizing work permits for foreigners. To give this authorization, the Directorate takes into account the recommendations of a re-commendatory nature prepared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.



12 months



84 Month(s)



150 max.



36 Month(s)




Eligibility Requirements for the Work Visa

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need a passport valid for at least 6 months.
  • You need an invitation/job offer from an employer.
  • You must be of good conduct.
  • You must not have any outstanding monetary obligations in Costa Rica.
  • You need sufficient funds for initial stay period in Costa Rica.

Document Requirements for the Work Visa

14 Document Required

  • Application Form.
  • Letter explaining why do you apply for the work permit in which you also indicate your full name, nationality, age, occupation, current address and place or mean for notifications.
  • Receipt for the payment of 125¢ and 2,5¢ for each page that you hand out with the residency application. The applicant must pay for it and include his/her name.
  • 2 passport size photographs.
  • Receipt of fingerprint registration issued by the Ministry of Public Security.
  • Receipt of consular inscription.
  • Birth Certificate.
  • Criminal Record from your native country or the place where you have been living for the past three years. Copy of the migration document to demonstrate that you were a legal resident of said country.
  • Certified copies of each page in the passport.
  • Statement of Employing Company. This statement should indicate what functions will be undertaken by the applicant, the length of the contract and the salary.
  • Legal Constitution and Registration Documents of the company.
  • Certification of the Costa Rican Social Security Institution. This statement proves the company or the employer are registered and have no outstanding monetary obligations.
  • Proof of income, balance and result situation issued by an Authorised Public Accountant.
  • Statement of Insurance Company. It should indicate that the insurance for the worker is duly paid.

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