IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? Costa Rica has begun implementing new mandatory procedures for family members of expatriate employees seeking to obtain a social security card, which is required as part of the documentation process to receive a residence permit.
What does the change mean? Foreign workers applying for dependent family members should prepare for the additional procedures and factor in additional time to apply for and obtain the social security card at the Equipo Basico de Atención Integral en Salud (EBAIS), which is the agency in charge of administering and issuing the cards.
BAL Analysis: Each EBAIS may have different requirements for social security card applications. To avoid delays, expatriate employees with family members should leave ample time to apply for the social security cards.
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