All services provided by UNHCR, IOM, and partners are FREE. Do not trust anyone asking you to pay for service relating to the ‘Safe Mobility’ initiative.

Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationals in Costa Rica

As agreed between the Government of the United States and the Government of Costa Rica, the Safe Mobility program in Costa Rica helps eligible Nicaraguan and Venezuelan refugees and migrants to travel safely and lawfully to the United States.

Request screening for the ‘Safe Mobility’ initiative

Online applications for Safe Mobility are now open.

The Safe Mobility Program helps eligible refugees and migrants to travel safely and lawfully to the United States.  These services are provided free of charge. Not all individuals who register will qualify or benefit from the program.

We will review your information and assess your eligibility for the program.

We will get in touch with you to provide information on legal pathways to the United States. Some individuals may be invited for an in-person interview in Costa Rica.

Who can participate and how?

Currently, Safe Mobility is aimed at people of Nicaraguan and Venezuelan nationality who were in Costa Rica on or before June 12, 2023.

Complete the free online form to submit your application and receive information about lawful pathways to travel to the United States. Please note that at times the online form may be temporarily unavailable to receive applications. If the online form is closed when you attempt to apply, you can submit your application when the form becomes active again. Visit the website regularly to be able to send your application.

We will review your application to determine if you meet the program’s requirements. We will contact you, and you may be called for an in-person interview in Costa Rica. Please bear in mind that all final decisions on entering the United States are made by the United States national authorities.

All services related to the Safe Mobility Program are free, and no one can ask you for anything in return. Any request for payment related to this program should be disregarded.

Official information on Safe Mobility on social media networks [in Spanish]


Additional information on legal pathways to travel to the United States

For additional information please call the SMO Contact Center using the toll-free number: 0800 032 0009

From 30 October SMO Contact Center is open every Monday to Friday from 6AM to 6PM.