Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica
Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Visa, Residency & Work Permit Report

Moving to a new country is an adventure, but the process of obtaining the correct visa, applying for short or long-term residency and obtaining a work permit can be daunting. If you've been through the process, please take the time to share your experiences and advice in our new Visa, Residency & Work Permit Report. Your advice will be invaluable to newcomers to your country.

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Moving to a new country is an adventure, but the process of obtaining the correct visa, applying for short or long-term residency and obtaining a work permit can be daunting. If you've been through the process, please take the time to share your experiences and advice in our new Visa, Residency & Work Permit Report. Your advice will be invaluable to newcomers to your country.

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Did you need a short-term visa when you first arrived in your country?

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If you needed a visa when you first arrived, what is the name of visa you obtained?

If you needed a visa when you first arrived, in what year did you apply for the visa?

If you needed a visa when you first arrived, what are the requirements for that visa?

If you needed a visa when you first arrived, what documents did you need to provide?

Did you need to provide proof of health insurance when you first arrived? If so, what type of insurance coverage is required.

What advice would you have for others applying for that visa?

Did you need to show proof of a return ticket when you first arrived? If yes, what type of return ticket did you purchase?

If you applied for a long-term residency visa, what is the name of the residency visa you obtained or are in the process of applying for?

If you applied for long-term residency, what are the benefits of the type of residency visa you chose? Why did you choose this type of residency visa.

If you applied for long-term residency, did you use a lawyer? Would you advise others to use a lawyer or apply themselves? Explain.

Is it a legal requirement that a lawyer files your residency application?

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If you applied for long-term residency, what are the requirements and documentation needed for your type of residency visa? (Financial requirements and how to document, health insurance requirements and how to document, background check and/or criminal history check, etc.)

If you applied for long-term residency, describe the process. What are the key steps?

If you applied for and obtained a long-term residency visa, how long did the process take?

If health insurance is required for long-term residency, what type of insurance coverage is required.

If you applied for long-term residency, what advice would you have for others applying for your type of long-term residency visa?

Are non-citizens currently allowed to travel to your country? Describe travel restrictions, COVID-19 testing requirements and any details about traveling into your country.

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