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This category is designed for young Canadian citizens, including registered students, who intend to travel to Costa Rica and work to supplement their financial resources.
- Be a Canadian citizen, between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusive.
- Be in possession of a departure ticket leaving Costa Rica at the end of your authorized period of stay.
- Confirm your intention to travel to Costa Rica and work to supplement your financial resources.
- Have the equivalent to CAD$2.500 to cover your expenses at the beginning of your stay.
- Not be accompanied by dependants.
- Provide a clean Canadian Police Certificate.
- Accept to purchase insurance for health care, including hospitalization and repatriation, for the duration of their authorized stay prior to arriving in the host country.
- Have not participated in the Working Holidays category before. After completing the year in Costa Rica and returning to Canada, participants have to wait 3 months before submitting a new application that will only be considered for a different category.
Process of Application to participate in the Working Holidays categoryThis process of application has three main steps:
Step I. Visa Application sent by mail
The applicant must send by certified mail or express mail, to the Consulate of Costa Rica in Ottawa, The Consulate General in Toronto, or the Honorary Consulate in Vancouver, the following documents in order to evaluate the granting of the Visa:
- Written request of a Provisional Visa Special Category for Canadian citizens under the Memorandum of Understanding concerning Youth Mobility, in the category of working signed before the Consul, and stating the intention and interests to travel to Costa Rica and work to supplement your financial resources. Such request must include the following information about the applicant: Full name, nationality, profession, date and place of birth, estimated date of arrival to Costa Rica, passport number, validity and type.
- Photocopy of the Birth Certificate.
- Photocopy of the Police Record / Criminal Record Check.
- Photocopy of the identification pages of your passport (family names, given name(s), date and place of birth, passport’s issue and expiry dates). The passport must be valid for period of stay in Costa Rica.
- Recent certification (no more than one month of issuance) to prove you have enough funds (CAD$2500) to cover your expenses at the beginning or your stay in Costa Rica.
- One recent Passport photo.
- An employment contract which must state the functions that the foreigner is going to perform and the period that the person is going to be attached to it.
- Any other requirement that the Direction of Immigration establishes during the process of residence application.
This application is sent by the Consulate to the Direction of Immigration in Costa Rica, for corresponding assessment.
Step II: Appointment at the Consulate for Granting the Visa
In case the application is approved, the applicant will be informed by e-mail, and an appointment will be arranged in order to finalize the process of granting the visa.
The day of the appointment, the applicant must submit the following documents:
- Birth Certificate and Criminal Record Check for legalization. Please review section “Legalization of Documents” to have the documents properly signed before coming to the Consulate.
Both documents will be legalized and given back to the applicant. The applicant will take both documents to Costa Rica, to finish the procedure to have a temporary residence.
Both documents legalized by the Consulate must be taken to the Authentication Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica (Avenue 7-9, Streets 11-13, San José, Costa Rica), for authentication of Consul’s signature. Documents issued in other language than Spanish to be valid in Costa Rica must be translated by an official translator. The list of official translators is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica
- Valid Canadian Passport for the whole period of stay in Costa Rica.
- Recent certification (no more than one month of issuance) to prove you have enough funds (CAD$2500) to cover your expenses at the beginning of your stay in Costa Rica.
- Complete a Visa Request Form the day of the appointment at the Consulate.
- Proof of deposit of corresponding consular fees for a total of US$112.00 (US$40.00 each document; US$30.00 for the Visa consular fee; and US$2.00 for the tax meter machine maintenance consular fee)
- CONSULATE GENERAL IN OTTAWA AND HONORARY CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER: Bank of Montreal, N°0005-4608-520 “Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services”
- CONSULATE GENERAL IN TORONTO: Bank of Montreal N° 0389 4785-814. “Consulate General of Costa Rica in Toronto”.
- If paying by wire transfer an additional amount of $US14,00 must be deposited due to bank charges.
Provided all requirements are met, and according to the evaluation of the Consular officials in each particular case, the Provisional Visa Special Category for Canadian Citizens under de Memorandum of Understanding concerning Youth Mobility and an Administrative Resolution will be issued.
When due to reasons of distance, you are not able to come to the Consulate to apply for the Provisional Visa Special Category for Canadian citizens, please contact us to provide more information on how to proceed, in each particular case.
Step III: Temporary Residence Application
Once you are in Costa Rica, you must continue the process to get a temporary residence at the Direction of Immigration in San José, Costa Rica, where the applicant can request temporary residency according to the authorization granted by the Direction of Immigration of Costa Rica. Please review Section “Temporary Residence and Special Categories” to find a detailed list of requirements for applications, by category.