Costa Rican Immigration is a bit of a mess these days. Unfortunately, the lack of sufficient organization and the pressures of added migrants in recent years are catching up to them. These structural deficiencies can lead to potential Immigration corruption.

Just this morning, the OIJ (the investigative arm of law enforcement in Costa Rica) raided the main Immigration facilities in La Uruca, San José, and detained 11 officials (see the original news article in Spanish). It seems to be related to a possible international human trafficking network. The investigation is ongoing, and public details are scarce at this time.

What can you take away from this?

Don’t use shortcuts to get your residency status. If you are approached by someone who says he or she has special connections with Immigration and can get your residency application ahead of the line — or even approved when it should not be — walk the other way!

You wouldn’t break the rules in your home country — so why should Costa Rica be any different?

At Costa Rica Immigration Experts, we pride ourselves on making our clients’ residency applications as complete as possible. We work diligently to have the files we submit to meet the requirements of the residency category clearly and unequivocally, so they can stand up to scrutiny by officials in Immigration and any other authorities. That is one of the cornerstones of our service.

Immigration is overwhelmed with all this, so be prepared for additional delays in residency applications. We stay on top of these developments, so you don’t have to.


-Written by Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).

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