Costa Rica Tightens Up Immigration Procedures

PT       2002-08-14 
Costa Rican Immigration Director Marco Badilla says that as from next January, applications for residency will have to be made through a Costa Rican consulate outside the country.
Immigration officials say they are simply applying a law that already exists: "At no time will residency requests be processed from applicants who have entered the country with a tourist visa," says Chapter 2, Article 41 of the General Immigration Law.