Costa Rica: Document Legalization Rules Eased for Immigration Applicants
Since December 14, employers and their foreign workers have benefited from simplified procedures for the legalization of public documents that support visa and work authorization applications -- including diplomas, birth and marriage certificates, police records and notarized statements and letters.
Costa Rican authorities no longer require these documents to be legalized through a consular process. They will now accept an apostille, provided that the document originates from a country that is a party to the Apostille Convention. Only countries that have acceded to the Apostille Convention can issue and accept apostilles on public documents. Costa Rica is the 102nd country to fully join the Convention.
What This Change Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
The new policy potentially reduces by weeks the time it takes to prepare immigration applications. Obtaining an apostille involves far fewer steps than the previous legalization process.
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