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Irene Brenes

Should-I-Become-a-Costa-Rican-Citizen-
CitizenshipCultureImmigration

Many foreign nationals visit Costa Rica to enjoy its natural beauties such as its volcanoes, mountains, rivers, beaches, and the varied wildlife. It is a peaceful country full of many opportunities. Many of Costa Rica’s visitors end up living in here and building a new life. A few years down

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Immigration

The Immigration Department has issued a new Resolution aiming to simplify the requirements for Residency for on-going applications filed by October 14, 2019. The background check requirement listed on item 1 below, however, is suggested for all new applications as well. Below a summary of the major key elements that

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The-Difference-Between-Applying-for-Residency-and-Citizenship-
CitizenshipImmigrationResidency

Our current law offers expats various options to secure legal immigration status in Costa Rica. On the one hand, you have the Immigration Law (Law No. 8764) and Ruling (Decree No. 37112-G) which provides the rules of the game for our General Department of Immigration (Dirección General de Migración y

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The Immigration-Department--It-is Just Too Complicated-to Keep Up
GovernmentImmigration

Everyone who has applied for residency in Costa Rica is probably aware that while our immigration laws state that the Department of Immigration has 90 days to respond to a request, it is almost certain that you won’t receive any news within this 3-month deadline. The Department of Immigration has accepted that due to various internal issues, including a significant amount of understaffing,

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Case Reviews: Spotting the Usual Mistakes in Residency Applications
DocumentsImmigrationResidency

Here at Outlier Legal Services, we receive numerous calls from expats whom have handled the residency process on their own or perhaps have hired help from someone in the community and find themselves stuck in a years-long process that become too cumbersome and stressful to handle. The service of requesting

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DocumentsImmigration

We recommend that three months prior to the expiration of your DIMEX ID card (known in Spanish as the cédula), you should renew it. The good news, however, is that renewal is not as cumbersome as the initial application. If done right, upon filing and depending on your age, you

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Changes on the Guarantee Deposit For Temporary and Permanent Residents
GovernmentImmigration

The official newspaper La Gaceta published on September 23, 2019, the new rates for the Guarantee Deposits (Security Deposits). The Guarantee Deposit, also known as Security Deposit, is a mandatory government fee to be paid by foreigners who are granted immigration status in Costa Rica, such as Temporary and Permanent

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THE TRUTHS AND MYTHS OF THE PENSIONADO CATEGORY
ImmigrationPensionado Category

Many expats come to us asking about the various residency options that Costa Rica offers. The two easiest options are, of course, when you become the parent of a Costa Rican national or when you get residency based on marriage. The simplest option besides those two choices, however, is that

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CitizenshipResidencyUncategorized

We have the pleasure of assisting expats from all corners of the world and have grown accustomed to seeing and dealing with cases where there is a disparity between the applicant’s name on the various documents we must submit to Immigration. For example, it is common to see wives who

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Immigration

As many of our clients know, we are quite aggressive when dealing with the Immigration Department.  We are always looking to make them accountable for incorrect requests, clarify strange petitions, etc. An example of this is that whilst the law states that they have 90 days to respond to an

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