Costa Rica: New Requirement to Request Appointment in Department of Immigration

As of May 11, 2015, Costa Rica´s Department of Immigration has made it a requirement to request an appointment before filing immigration-related applications in their offices. Appointment requests must be presented by email on Fridays between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm, with the appointments expected to be scheduled during the following three or four weeks. Previously, it was necessary to appear in person at the Department of Immigration and take a number in order to take care of individual paperwork. A maximum of only ten numbers were given out each day, and in general an applicant had to arrive a minimum of two hours before the office opened to be assured of getting a number. If it was impossible to get a number that day, it was necessary to return the following day and once again try to get a number. Once a number was secured, the corresponding paperwork could be taken care of within the following 24 to 48 hours. This new requirement will affect foreigners who need to obtain or renew their work or residence visa, companies that wish to register with the Department of Immigration as a recognized company or renew their registration, and any person or company that needs to take care of whatever type of formality with the Department of Immigration. The authorities expect to be able to respond to requests within one working day, with a confirmation of the appointment coming within the following three to four weeks, depending on the workload of the Department of Immigration. This process will simplify getting appointments and the response time in the Department of Immigration...

Brazil: Less bureaucracy for foreigners to take the CTPS

From now on, it will be easier for foreigners to apply and receive a work permit in Brazil. The Ministry of Labor and Employment (MET) authorized the direct and indirect public administration organs to provide the service and issue the documentation. In order for this new system to work, federal, state or municipal institutions will have to establish a cooperation agreement with the regional superintendents of the MTE. The purpose of this measure is to reduce bureaucracy, decentralize the activities, and decreasethe waiting time and costs while increasing the efficiency in serving professionals and their access to the services. This change is part of a series of initiatives that the Ministry has been implementing in order to modernize the services provided by the organ throughout the country. “The modernization of our legislation and all technology investments have decreased by 24% the number of cases attended by the Immigration General Coordination. We are delighted with this result, which reduces the timethat the workers wait for the service and contribute to the country’s development.”said the Minister of Labour and Employment, Manoel Dias. The new measures were published in the Official Gazette under ordinance number 699 this Friday (29). Thus, the issue of the documentationwill be carried out only through the Information System of the Labor and Social Security (CTPSWeb). Data – On March 10, the MTE announced the numbers of the foreign labor in Brazil. The document shows that in 2014, 51.751 foreign workers were allowed to work in the country. However, about 10.000, who came to Brazil for short work periods, were authorized to come directly at the consulates of...