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PostPosted: Thu Jul 08, 2004 5:05 am    Post subject: Working legally in CR Reply with quote

I want to work in Costa Rica, but legally. I know that's not the standard but I don't mind if it takes me some time to get there. I have done quite some research and as far as I know only the Instituto Británico recruits from abroad and helps with work permit/visa. I heard Pro-English did as well, but when I contacted them they suggested the usual "come for an interview when you're in San José" (i.e. you travel across the border every three months...).

Does anyone know of any other language schools that preferrably hire from abroad and provide work permit/visa? I don't care so much about insurance or flight (would be great of course), but working legally, yes please!
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2004 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pro-English will in fact get you a work visa, but you do have to pay for the lawer's fees (15,000 colones), plus give the government a $100 deposit. Supposedly, it will generally take you at least 6 months for all the paperwork to get processed (and if you have ever waited in line at a Costa Rican bank, that will sound incredibly fast), so you might end up doing a border run anyway. I know that Instituto Britanico usually gets work visas for its full/time staff only. One of the English departments at Universidad Latina only interviews people with valid work permits, while the other interviewed me on the basis of the fact that I said I was getting one.

On the other hand, when I overstayed my visa, I called up immigration and they basically said that it's highly unlikely that I would have any legal problems as a U.S. citizen (though if I were a Nica, that would be a whole different story.)

Hope this helps!
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