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Bringing the border closer to home, one immersion trip at a time

This unfamiliarity can make it easy for politicians to distort what’s going on there and hard for immigration advocates and social movements to muster support for their primary goal: making U.S. policies toward undocumented people and asylum-seekers more humane. What can advocates for immigrants do...

Immigration Fine For Over Stay Postponed Another 12 Months

The US$100 that must be charged to foreigners who overstay their visitor status when they leave the country will be postponed for another 12 months, reported the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service. The fine, established in the Ley...

Immigration Reinforces San Jose Airport Staff To Meet Greater Influx Of Passengers

The Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO) continues to struggle to keep up with the greater influx of passengers during the high season. On Saturday (March 2) the airport handled 137 flights and almost 20,000 passengers (9.892 arrival and 9,687 departures), requiring the...

Immigration takes action against illegal foreigner workers

Costa Rica's immigration police on Friday, February 22, began 'operational actions' to verify the migratory status of foreigners in the tourist areas, specifically restaurants, who hire foreign staff in 'irregular condition or without the corresponding documents to work'. The Friday operations centered on Santa Cruz,...

Welcome to Costa Rica. Wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…wait…ok, you are cleared to enter (or leave)!

Rico's TICO BULL - Good morning, what a crazy day in paradise on Saturday. A system failure of the Poder Judicial (Judiciary) that the country's immigration service connects to had thousands arriving or leaving Costa Rica wait for hours at the San Jose airport. I...

Legislator Urges Government To Enforce Fine For Illegals Overstaying Their Welcome In Costa Rica

The Ley General de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration Law) establishes a fine of US$100 for each month a foreigner overstays their visa period in Costa Rica. However, the collection of the fine was never implemented from the getgo in 2014 and continues currently suspended. But why? According...

Tourists Would Have To Verify Carrying At Least $500 To Enter Costa Rica

Legislator Shirley Díaz of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) proposed that all persons entering Costa Rica on a tourist visa, demonstrate the minimum carrying of US$500 either in cash or by credit or debit card. The proposal is a preventive measure against any possible...

Immigration Expels Long Time Resident, Bans Return For 25 Years

Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa Rica (DGMIE), on Thursday, reported the expulsion a Nicaraguan citizen for the sexual abuse of a minor in Costa Rica. Immigration said they deported the man identified by his last names Baca Paniagua, ...

Tica In America Illegally, and Employed by Trump

Sandra Diaz, 46, worked as a maid at the golf club owned by President Donald Trump, located in Bedminster, New Jersey, while in "an irregular" immigration status, that is, she was in the U.S. without papers. The Costa Rican woman who is now a legal...

Migrant caravan members have right to claim asylum – here’s why getting it will be hard

Roughly 5,000 people, mostly from Central America’s violent and unstable “Northern Triangle” of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are reportedly making their way through Mexico with the intention of claiming asylum at the U.S. border. The so-called “migrant caravan” is attracting intense social and...

Immigration Reports Working At Full Force

Raquel Vargas, director of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - immigration service - reported her agency is working at full power this morning at the country's international airports, land border crossings, regional offices, and the main offices in La Uruca, in...

Daniel Ortega will ask Costa Rica to deliver refugees who fled from justice

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Wednesday, before thousands of Nicaraguans who ratified their support for the Sandinista Government, he would ask Costa Rica to hand over Nicaraguan refugees who committed crimes in the context of a political crisis. Ortega said he will ask Costa Rica...

Costa Rica gets international help to strengthen migrant care

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will expand the technical and financial cooperation offered to the immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME)  with the aim of strengthening its services to the public, given the increase in the number of...

One Store Closed, 14 Fined in Downtown San Jose Labor, Tax and Immigration Control

The first mega inspection carried out by different government institutions, headed by the Ministry of Labor, that was aimed at verifying compliance with labor, tax, immigration, health and social security regulations, resulting in the fining of 14 stores and the closure of one in...

Immigration Arrested Owner of Casas Vita, Accused of Fraud, When He Tried To Leave The Country

A real estate developer, identified by his last name Villagra, accused of defrauding at least 150 buyers of the Casas Vita housing project was detained at the Juan Santamaría International (San Jose) Airport this Friday morning when he was about to leave the country. [youtube...

The Central American Migrant Crisis: What is the Ultimate Solution?

  The Central American migrant crisis has sparked a nationwide debate over immigration, brought to the forefront by policies resulting in the separation of children from their mothers at the border.   The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are from three Central American countries known as...

Nicaraguans Cram Immigration Seeking Refuge

Apart from marches and union demonstrations, Monday dawned with long lines of Nicaraguan citizens in the vicinity of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica immigration service - in La Uruca. Between 6:00 am and 6:30 am the line stretched for...

Immigration Participates In Mega Police Operations

Costa Rica's immigration service, the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería Costa Rica (DGNE), has joined the mega police operation coordinated by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública (MSP) across the country, with the aim of reducing the recent crime wave through preventive actions. On Friday,...

Immigration Defers Fine On Overstaying Tourists

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME) - Costa Rica's immigration service - announced Thursday night that the fine for those foreigners overstaying their visitor's visa in the country, that was to go into effect today, Friday, April 20, 2018, will be extended...

“Special Operations” By Immigration Monitoring Travelers Leaving or Entering Costa Rica

While the country is in holiday mode, several wanted by Costa Rica took the opportunity thinking they could slip through the immigration controls points at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), Peñas Blancas and Las Tablillas. However, they were detected by the immigration police thanks...

Overstaying In Costa Rica Will Cost US$100 A Month Starting April 20

The law has been on the books since 2010, but it has never been applied. However, starting April 20, 2018, the immigration service - Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME - will begin applying a fine to foreigners who overstay their time in...

Over half a million Venezuelans fled to Colombia

More than half a million Venezuelans have taken refuge in Colombia to escape the crippling economic crisis in their country, Colombia Immigration (Migración Colombia) said on Friday. Authorities said 550,000 Venezuelans entered the country in 2017, an increase of 62 percent in the last year. Venezuela’s...

San Jose And Liberia Airports Without Immigration Control For More Than 30 Minutes Wednesday

A failure in the system used by the immigration service (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) to control passengers leaving the country generated delays in flights and long lines at both the Juan Santamaria, in San Jose (SJO) and Daniel Oduber, in Liberia (LIR),...

Immigtation Will Use Face Verification and Fingerprints At Airports

In the not too distant future, arriving at the Juan Santamaria International airport in San Jose (SJO), Costa Rica, will be a breeze,  checking you in 30 seconds, thanks to a new system that could be in place by the end of next year. The...

Immigration Nabs Second In Jewelery Store Heists Trying To Leave The Country

The first one got away. The second of the alleged 16 members of the gang in the Escuza jewellery store heists on October 31, didn't run into the same luck or (alleged) corruption of immigration officials. Estaban Obando, interim Director of Migración (immigration service) said...

Immigration Official Let Suspect In Jellery Store Heist Leave The Country

An immigration officer is under internal investigation for allowing one of the 16 suspects in the jewellery store heists in Escazu earlier this week to leave the country. The robberies took place on October 31, and, two days later, one of the suspects, a Mexican...

QTIPS: About Travel Costa Rica

Bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island, Costa Rica is home to around 4.9 million people; over 300,000 live in the...

Trying to Make Immigration an Option Rather than a Need in Latin America

(IPS) - The aim is for migration to become just one option among others for the rural population of Latin America, says Brazilian expert Luiz Carlos Beduschi, referring to an issue that causes concern in the region due to its impact on food security. The...

Sala IV Rejects Writ of Habeas Corpus By Foreigner To Avoid Deportation

Q COSTA RICA - The mere existence of a link, whether by marriage or cohabitation with a Costa Rican, does not guarantee a foreigner the right to remain legally in the country. That is the decision by the Constitutional Court or Sala IV in rejecting...

More families fleeing Central America resettling in Mexico

The armed, masked gang members showed up on a motorcycle at the home in northern Honduras last fall with a stark warning for the occupants: Leave town within 24 hours, or else. Laura Maria Cruz Martinez, another single mother and the nine kids in their...

Costa Rica Immigration Going Paperless

Q COSTA RICA - Starting in August, travelers arriving or leaving Costa Rica by way of the Juan Santamaria (San Jose) international airport will not longer require to fill out the paper form known as TIE (Trámite de Ingreso y Egreso). The director of immigration,...

‘What If Mom Doesn’t Come Home’

Q COSTA RICA - Parents of children, U.S. citizens, who immigrated illegally to the United States fearing deportation under the Trump administration are seeking advice in securing care for their children in the event both are removed from the United States. A report by Reuters...

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