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Immigration

CR Government Tightens Measures to Deal with the Contagion of COVID 19 Beach closings, sanitary vehicle restriction between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., mandatory closure of temples and religious services and loss of immigration status to those who leave the country are the indications given today. “All at home, but

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BusinessLabor

The President Carlos Alvarado signed into law a bill from Congress which was approved this last Saturday March 21.  This action is one of the many measures the current administration is taking to mitigate the impact the crisis created by the virus COVID 19. This new law, allows employers to

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GovernmentHealth Care

This is the translation of the Decree issued by President Carlos Alvarado.  The Government declares a National State of Emergency, suspends the arrival of foreigners into the country and closes schools nationwide. Quarantine measures will be implemented to people who enter the country, enforced as of today (Monday March 16th,

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GovernmentUncategorized

Some of you may remember the mass wedding ceremonies that we performed in February and March of 2015. At that time, we married about 140 couples with the intention of obtaining local marriage certificates from the Costa Rican Civil Registry, allowing them to avoid the hassle of obtaining a marriage

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History

  You cannot talk about Costa Rican independence without reviewing Mexican History. Different than the American Colonies, Spanish Colonies were organized as kingdoms, specifically vice-royalties. Spain had four vice-royalties in the Americas, New Spain, Peru, Río de la Plata and New Granada. Costa Rica was a small province administered by

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CultureImmigration

The first time I heard the word expat was when I was working at Fragomen, one of the largest Immigration Law Firms in the world. Fragomen is mainly dedicated to corporate immigration, which means that they charge an arm and a leg to multinational corporations to transfer their employees worldwide. It makes

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GovernmentTaxes

The CR Congress approved a moratorium for the penalties to be imposed for non compliance with the new VAT imposed with the recent tax package. Please note that the moratorium is applicable only to the penalties to be imposed and the administrative proceedings (Proceedings by Hacienda against the business or

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CAJAGovernment

Some of you may recall the difficulties of getting spouses and children registered with CAJA, particularly due to the requirement to produce a marriage certificate or a birth certificate with no more than one month of issuance. This requirement made it literally impossible for people to register their spouses or

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TaxesTourismTravel

Two congress women put two separate bills in congress with the intention to charge additional taxes to tourist, as well as implementing other requirements.  One of the bills was brought by Shirley Díaz from the PUSC and the other by Paola Vega from PAC. The intention of the bills is

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BankingBusiness

Most of you may be familiar with SINPE which is the account number used for wire transfers between accounts from different banks. The BCCR (The Costa Rican Central Bank) is implementing a change for the processing of these wire transfers.  The change will be implemented automatically and will be effective July

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