Undocumented foreign workers with expired tourist visas in Costa Rica, will have an additional ten months to get their migratory paperwork in order

The Ministry of Interior (Ministerio de Gobernación) said the decision benefits migrant workers in agriculture, construction and domestics (ie. maids in homes).

In a press release, Gobernación explained that to take advantage of the provision, applicants must demonstrate that they maintain continuous employment. The purpose of the extention is allow more time to obtain and submit certifications from their home country, such as a criminal record as well as other requirements.

The new deadline is July 31, 2014.

This means that beginning on August 1 next year, foreigners overstaying their tourist visa, working with expired visa or undocumented, will be fined US$100 per month. Economic sanctions will also be applied against employers of undocumented aliens.

Source: La Nacion