Be Part of the Solution
We have received numerous requests to assist with visa extensions and to help people on a tourist visa to remain in the country. We try to put as much information out there for the ex-pat
We have received numerous requests to assist with visa extensions and to help people on a tourist visa to remain in the country. We try to put as much information out there for the ex-pat community. While all the information is relevant to the ex-pat community, it is also valuable to the non-expats, AKA the tourist.
We love having tourists in Costa Rica. It is a win-win. The tourists have fun, and at the same time, it creates jobs and supports small businesses. So, we are happy the information that we put in our blog is also helpful for tourists.
Currently, the Immigration Department has created an extension for people to stay beyond the March 2nd deadline. There are actually a couple of options, people may extend their visas by filing a request with the Immigration Department, or people are allowed to stay if they plan to apply for residency. For the people who plan to apply for residency, it is required to book an appointment to file the residency application. While we are not currently assisting with the visa extensions, we are certainly assisting our clients with the appointments to file the applications for residency.
However, we noticed that people just want to schedule the appointment without any intention to apply for the residency. While all of the clients we currently have are fully committed to making Costa Rica home, there seem to be people in the community who just want a way to stay beyond March 2nd, and they are using the appointments for that purpose. Please, do not be that person.
There seem to be some people even offering the service. I am not opposed to people trying to put beer in the fridge, but the problem here is that scheduling sham appointments limit the availability of appointments for people who actually plan to apply for residency. One of the big problems that we encounter with the Immigration Department is the backlog of cases they have, in part because people do not use the system correctly. Certainly, the Immigration Department has a lot of opportunities for improvement, but part of the challenge is how the people at large uses the system. We have the option to be part of the solution or part of the problem.
You can read about the extensions for entry stamps here. Hopefully, you will find the information helpful and you will understand what you need to do to extend your visa.