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DGME Closed until December 1, 2020

This morning, the Immigration Department issued Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM, which, in summary, states: The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications going forward and until December 1st, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are

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This morning, the Immigration Department issued Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM, which, in summary, states:

  • The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications going forward and until December 1st, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until December 1st, 2020.  All applications must be filed by appointment only.  Starting October 19th, 2020, Immigration will allow appointments to be scheduled by phone, by calling 1311, or through  www.migracion.go.cr.
  • The Immigration Department will continue analyzing applications during this time. Please be advised that we cannot follow up except via an email address which is responded on a first come first served basis.
  • Approvals and rejections will continue to be issued and notified solely via fax or email.
  • Documents issued abroad that were valid by, or issued after, March 17th, 2020, will be deemed valid (meaning their validity will be automatically extended) until June 1st, 2021.
  • Deadlines to respond to exigencies that were valid by March 17th, 2020 will be extended until February 12th, 2021. Responses to exigencies will be accepted by appointment only by calling 1311 or through www.migracion.go.cr. Appointments can be scheduled from October 19th, 2020 onwards.
  • The deadline to respond to exigencies that were notified between March 17th, 2020 and until February 11th, 2021 will start running on February 12th, 2021. Responses to exigencies will be accepted by appointment only by calling 1311 or through www.migracion.go.cr. Appointments can be scheduled from October 19th, 2020 onwards.
  • Appeals may be filed up until March 1st, 2021. Filing of appeals will work by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled from January 11th, 2021 onwards by calling 1311 or through www.migracion.go.cr. They will grant one appointment only. If the applicant is granted an appointment to file an appeal and misses such appointment, the appeal will be declared inadmissible.
  • File copies can be requested from October 19th, 2020 onwards. Requests for file copies will be accepted by appointment only by calling 1311 or through www.migracion.go.cr. Appointments may be scheduled from October 19th, 2020 onwards.
  • The exclusive attorney window used by many professionals to follow up on applications will remain closed until February 12th, 2021. We are working on a proposal to allow the attorney window to reopen, thus allowing new applications to be submitted sooner than December. This is a work in progress.
  • DIMEX (commonly known as cedulas) requests: Will work solely through Banco de Costa Rica and Correos de Costa Rica by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
  • For Temporary Residency based on Marriage, one can request an appointment at Banco de Costa Rica or Correos de Costa Rica to secure the initial DIMEX (people who recently received their Residency approval) and for renewal. For the renewal, an affidavit signed before a Notary stating the couple’s information and that they are still together will be mandatory to renew.
  • DIMEX validity:
    • The validity of DIMEX cards for Permanent Residents will be extended until January 11th, 2021. If a Permanent Resident did not renew on time, they will still be required to pay a fine per month of expired DIMEX. However, a fine will not be computed and therefore will not need to be paid for the months between December 2019 and January 2021.
    • The validity of DIMEX cards for Temporary Residents and Special Categories that have expired after December 18th, 2019 onwards will be extended until January 11th, 2021.
    • The validity of Estancias that expired after March 17th, 2020 will be extended until February 12th, 2021.
    • After January 11th, 2021, Residents as well as Special Categories will have up to three months, per law, to renew. Failure to renew within these three months will result in the cancellation of their status.
    • Notice that you can still renew your DIMEX cards either at Correos de Costa Rica or Banco de Costa Rica to avoid rushing after January 11th, 2021. Some categories, such as Rentista and Investor, may face inconveniences when trying to renew.
  • Stamping of Entry visas for Restricted Nationalities are suspended until February 8th, 2021.
  • Minor’s exit permit requests and issuance of Costa Rican passports will continue to work, as normal and by appointment only. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 1311 or through www.migracion.go.cr.
  • Tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 and until November 30th, 2020, may legally remain in Costa Rica until March 2nd, 2021. This is an automatic extension. Tourists who enter the country starting December 1st, 2020 will need to depart the country depending on the tourist days granted at the port of entry. For example, a US national who enters on December 2nd, 2020, and is granted a 90-day stay, will need to depart by March 2nd, 2021.

Please take note:

  • This is a very recent resolution; hence, Transportation Authorities are yet to confirm if driving privileges will also be extended until March 2nd, 2021. Once this is confirmed, we will let the community know.

In the meantime, the expat community interested in securing Residency can continue collecting their documents to be ready to request a filing appointment after October 19th, 2020. We continue assisting a vast number of clients who have decided to do just that, meaning take advantage of this time to gather the documents, have them apostilled or legalized allowing us to request an appointment for them after October 19th, 2020.

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    Tracey Schreiner September 21, 2020

    Hello, regarding this text
    “Tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 and until October 31st, 2020, may legally remain in Costa Rica until March 2nd, 2021. This is an automatic extension. Tourists who enter the country from December 1st, 2020 will need to depart the country depending on the tourist days granted at the port of entry. “

    Is there guidance for those entering in November? Is it the same as December?

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 23, 2020

      Tracey,

      You are correct. Tourist who entered after October 31st, 2020 will be allowed to stay in the country for a maximum period of 90 days, upon which they must leave the country.

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        Margo January 5, 2021

        Hello,
        I’m a bit confused here. The article above says “Tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 and until November 30th, 2020, may legally remain in Costa Rica until March 2nd, 2021. This is an automatic extension. Tourists who enter the country starting December 1st, 2020 will need to depart the country depending on the tourist days granted at the port of entry.” Which would mean if you enter in November 2020 you are granted the automatic extension. But your reply suggest that someone who entered in November 2020 would be subject to the 90 day limit same as someone who enters in December. Can you clarify?

        I entered in November 2020 and my visa says that it is good for 84 days (the originally planned length of my stay and the number of days I bought health insurance for) but I’m trying to determine if I can extend my trip until March 1 and will be covered under the automatic extension? Thank you!

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    Joanne Loewen September 21, 2020

    I already have an appointment to renew my permanent residency this Wed. Sept 23rd. My residency expires Oct 2, 2020. I have had residency since 1995 and I am 65 years old. Does this mean my appointment is cancelled and I cannot renew. Also I cannot apply for citizenship as planned?

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 23, 2020

      Joanne,

      This depends on your type of residency. It is not possible to renew all types of residency at the Post Office or the BCR.

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 23, 2020

      Joanne,

      Considering that you have permanent residency, you should be able to renew it with no problems.

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    Michal September 22, 2020

    What happen with a tourist that entered before December 17 2019?

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 23, 2020

      Michal,

      These tourists our out of status, which means they are not legally in the country.

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    Rahul September 23, 2020

    My application for PR is in Resolution Firma state. Is there a possibility of getting it notified before Dec 01? Is it correct that I cannot legally claim PR status until it is notified? Or is Resolution Firma state good enough.

    • Rafael Valverde
      Rafael Valverde September 24, 2020

      Rahul,

      Thank you for your message. Whether there is a possibility of getting notified before December 1st? Yes, there is a possibility. How probable is it? Who knows.
      To claim PR Status you must receive the notice to then appear at an Immigration office to get the DIMEX.

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        Rahul October 13, 2020

        Thanks for the reply. The stage did move to “Resolution Notificada” now. How can I appear at an Immigration office? As per the article I can try from October 19th, right?

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    Michael ayre September 28, 2020

    I am currently in Costa Rica on a extended Tourist Visa. I entered the country on January 17th. I need to travel for business in October. I am a home owner, I have BMI Insurance issued through Costa Rica. I will leave Costa Rica the first part of October and return the middle of October. Do I need to purchase travel insurance or can I show them my proof for home ownership and get a letter from BMI?

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    Lise November 4, 2020

    I see comments on fb. Apply for residency while out of Costa rica thru tramiteya.go.cr.
    Is that correct?

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    OLIVIER NOEL December 1, 2020

    We entered Costa RIca on nov 14th, with a 30 days granted stamp on our (french) passports.. Can we stay longer ? we should be able stay up to 90 days normally, shouldn’t we?
    Thank you for your answer.

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    Mateo B December 21, 2020

    Hi There,

    I am on an extended Tourist Visa that will expire on March 2nd, 2021. What will happen if I remain in the country after March 2nd, 2021? Will I just need to pay the $100 per month fee at the immigration desk for each month that I stay beyond March 2nd 2021?

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    Rob December 24, 2020

    Did this get extended from October 31st to November 30th? I entered November 2nd. Will I need to purchase insurance for the additional days?

    Tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17th, 2019 and until November 30th, 2020, may legally remain in Costa Rica until March 2nd, 2021. This is an automatic extension. Tourists who enter the country starting December 1st, 2020 will need to depart the country depending on the tourist days granted at the port of entry. For example, a US national who enters on December 2nd, 2020, and is granted a 90-day stay, will need to depart by March 2nd, 2021.

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    Rob December 27, 2020

    Is the new end date for extension changed to November 30 from October 31?

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    Venetia kerith January 12, 2021

    If you are married. And need to renew your dimex. Do you get a 3 month extension? You need to go to a lawyer to sign affadavit you are still married first correct? Then get the bcr appt. Thanks

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    Venetia kerith January 12, 2021

    I mean if its temporary residence

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