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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,...

Not Welcome. Costa Rica Rejects Entry of Canadian With Ties To Drug Gang & Organized Crime

Costa Rica's immigration officials denied a Canadian entry suspected of ties to a drug trafficking gang and organized crime. The Canadian, identified as Dan Hann, was rejected at the Daniel Oduder International airport (LIR), in Liberia, Guanacaste. "The mechanisms of migratory control and the execution of...

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...

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...

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...

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...

“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...

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),...

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...

Immigration Director Must Quit Her Old Job To Stay On

QCOSTARICA- The answer is "no", the Ombudsman's Office (Defensoría de los Habitantes) denying the current director of immigration, Kathya Rodríguez, an extension of her leave of absence to that institution. Rodriguez has now to decide to either quit the Ombudsman's Office to stay on as...

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