$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).