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This regime grants a permanent resident status for individuals with direct family ties to a Costa Rican citizen. For this regime to be applicable, one of the following relatives is required to be Costa Rican:
RESIDENCY BASED ON DIRECT FAMILY RELATIONSHIP WITH A COSTA RICAN CITIZEN
REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURESAPPLICATION BY THE INTERESTED PARTY:
Our firm prepares the application once all required information and documents are received, which we will deliver as a complete package at Immigration. One application per family member is required.
Relationship by marriage to a Costa Rican citizen: marriage certificate issued by the Costa Rican Civil Register. If the marriage took place in a foreign country, it must be registered before the Costa Rican Civil Register prior to any immigration filing.
Relationship by being father or mother of a Costa Rican citizen: birth certificate indicating name of parents.
Relationship by being the son or daughter of a Costa Rican citizen: birth certificate of Costa Rican son or daughter, indicating name of parents, (only applicable for minors or disabled individuals).
Relationship by having a Costa Rican brother or sister: applicant’s Birth Certificate (only applicable for minors or disabled individuals).
Copy of identification card of Costa Rican citizen with whom the applicant has the direct family relationship.
This may be proved by means of bank statements, a certificate issued by a certified public accountant (CPA), or by showing a stable job.
A clean criminal record certificate for the applicant and for its dependents twelve years or older to be included in the regime, if any, is required.
It must be issued by the applicable authorities of the country where the applicant has lived during the last three years before the application. The above certification shall state that they have no criminal record in the country where the document was issued.
If the certificate is from the United States, it must be Federal Criminal Record issued by the FBI. This document is valid only for six months after its issue date and must be authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate nearest to the place of issue or apostilled in the country of issue if such country is part of the Hague Convention.
A birth certificate for the applicant and his/her dependents (if any) is required. This document must be issued by the appropriate authorities at the place of birth.
This document is valid only for six months after its issue date and must be authenticated by the Costa Rican Consulate nearest to the place of issue or apostilled in the country of issue if such country is part of the Hague Convention.
This is required for both the applicant and his/her dependents to be included in the regime. It must comprise all pages (including blank pages).
Six front passport-size photographs with white background are required.
All applicants must register before the Consulate of their country of citizenship in Costa Rica. Each Consulate has its own requirements for this registration and they change from time to time so it is recommendable to establish direct contact to be informed of current applicable conditions.
If the country of citizenship of the applicant does not have a Consulate in Costa Rica, this requirement can be met with a letter issued by the Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirming such situation.
Once the applications are filed before the Immigration Authorities, the applicant and its dependents –if any- need to be fingerprinted at the Ministry of Security. This requirement applies to the main applicant and its dependents twelve years or older.
Fingerprinting starts a local investigation to check that the applicant has a clean criminal record, and a request for INTERPOL to conduct an international search as well.
The request for fingerprints is made in a form which must be pre-approved by the Ministry of Security. Our firm will guide you through this step at the Police Headquarters.
All applicants must register before CCSS after the residency application is approved. This registration will require a meeting with a CCSS inspector, the determination and payment of a monthly fee and obtaining social security cards with the local clinic (EBAIS).
Specific requirements vary from the CCSS branch on which the registration is made and from time to time so we suggest to consult with us upon the specific moment of registration for current conditions.
All documents originating abroad require authentication by the Costa Rican Consulate located in the country of issue or apostilled in the country of issue if such country is part of the Hague Convention. Documents must then be sent to Costa Rica for authentication by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if they are not apostilled (this step is met through our Firm).
Costa Rican Consulates are divided into jurisdictions. In the majority of cases, Consuls will not legalize or authenticate documents issued by authorities out of their jurisdiction. In the United States, specific Consulates serve certain States and the one in Washington DC has jurisdiction over the whole country. Consult the Consulate nearest to the place of issue of the document for procedures, office hours and fees for each specific document.
All documents in languages other than Spanish must be translated in Costa Rica by an official translator (this step is met through our Firm).
After granting of residency, the beneficiary must not be absent from the country for more than six consecutive months in order to maintain the status.
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