New Submission Rules Causing Slower Processing of Permanent Residence

May 22, 2019 | Costa Rica

As of May 2019, certain applicants for Permanent Residence may no longer use the “Special Windows for Accredited Companies.” These applications must now be submitted visa the “Regular Windows.”

Those applicants filing for a change of status from temporary to permanent residence, and applications for permanent residence on the basis of a family relationship with a Costa Rican national. Applicants who are associated with accredited companies in Costa Rica could previously submit these permanent residence applications through the “Special Windows,” and receive priority processing.

Please note that these applications are now expected to take approximately 8 to 12 months.