TCRN Staff

$2.8 million to supply Costa Rica’s Immigration Authority with Foreign Resident Cards

The credentials feature optical security media, the same technology at the heart of the U.S. “Green Card.” Delivery of cards is expected to be completed by the end of December 2010.

The Costa Rican government by its application of advanced, secure credential technology will challenge of controlling illegal immigration.

The cards are impossible to duplicate due to their numerous security features. The credentials feature LaserCard’s optical security media, the same technology at the heart of the U.S. “Green Card.”

For more information on immigration law and updates: http://www.costarica-embassy.org/ or http://www.migracion.go.cr/

The practical benefits of attaining residency in Costa Rica as a foreigner are very tangible, unlike in some other countries:
Access to social security continued care

Access to checking accounts and credit service from some banks

Permission to engage in labor relationships

Exclusion from the one dollar a month fine for extended stay beyond tourist visa term

Freedom from worries about immigration checkpoints and possible deportation

Qualification to own personally beach front concession land after a minimum term of five years of residency in the country

Possibility to qualify for citizenship once requirements are met

Right to purchase telephone lines from ICE (Costa Rican state owned telecommunications company).