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Immigration Offices Reopening

As we informed a few weeks back, per Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM, Immigration announced that they would not receive Residency applications going forward and until December 1st, 2020. This included all categories. That Resolution stated that all

As we informed a few weeks back, per Resolution N° DJUR-0132-09-2020-JM, Immigration announced that they would not receive Residency applications going forward and until December 1st, 2020. This included all categories. That Resolution stated that all applications going forward 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.

On the week of October 12th Immigration announced and revealed their new online system called Tramite ¡YA! that allows for applications to be filed online. Immigration held a session with the Bar Association to review how the system operates. They also held a Facebook live.

It is essential to state that the online filing system is on what Immigration calls Fase 0, stage 0, and accepts application solely for the following categories:

  1. Permanent Residency after holding Temporary for three years
  2. Permanent Residency for Parents of Costa Rican nationals
  3. Temporary Residency based on Marriage
  4. Domestic worker
  5. Special categories (student, researcher, teacher, volunteer, temporary worker, special category based on a relationship to a Permanent Resident, a Temporary Resident, a Costa Rican national or a Guardian.)

Only complete applications can be filed through Tramite ¡YA!. This means that no document can be missing for the system to allow the application to go though. This does not include the fingerprint receipt issued by the local Police. This requirement can be added later on. But if you are yet to receive your apostilled/legalized documents, are missing a birth certificate or a background check, your application cannot be filed yet.

Notice Fase 0 does not allow for Temporary Residency as Pensionado, Rentista or Investor to be filed. These categories will become available until a later and yet to be announced date.

Please know that the system is new, it still has its issues, it requires an additional consent form, and we are learning how to navigate it.

Outlier Legal Services clients should know:

  • We are in the process of contacting clients that fall within Fase 0 to be able to file their applications soon.
  • On Monday, we will also start calling to schedule applications for all categories not covered by Fase 0. If the later stages for Tramite ¡YA! allow for categories such as Pensionado, Rentista or Investor, we may cancel the appointment and simply file online.
  • Immigration also announced that the appointments to be granted will prioritize exigencies, meaning documents that need to be added to on-going applications. Considering Immigration has been closed since March, we cannot predict when we will receive an appointment. Once we do, we will let our clients know.
  • We are working on organizing all applications as we will use the Tramite¡YA! system as well as coordinate all of our client’s appointments.
  • We will be in touch with our clients to coordinate the preparation of their applications, per the new requirements (consent form) set upon in the Tramite¡YA! system and based on the stages Immigration reveals.

In summary, whilst Immigration announced an appointment only system where they will receive applications from December 1st, 2020 onwards, they have revealed an online system known as Tramite ¡YA! that allows applications to be filed online now. The Tramite ¡YA!  is on Fase 0, meaning only certain categories are been accepted. Only complete applications for these categories can be uploaded in the system.

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ibrenes@outlierlegal.com

Attorney with more than 10 years of experience in customer service, team management and team building at an international level. Has worked immigration cases in various countries, including Costa Rica, Colombia and Panama.

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