Irene Brenes
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Irene Brenes

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.

GovernmentImmigrationTravel

Decree 42374-MGP-S extending the closure of our borders until June 30th, 2020 was published on May 31st, 2020. The Decree simply states that Costa Rican borders are closed until June 30th, 2020. The date may be extended if Authorities deem it necessary. Until our borders reopen, only Residents and people

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GovernmentImmigration

The Immigration Department has further delayed the date which they will start accepting residency applications, to July 18, 2020. Please take note, tourists (non-Residents) who entered the country after December 17, 2019, may legally remain in Costa Rica until August 18, 2020. This is an automatic extension. For those interested

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Summary and Exceptions to the non-entry rule
GovernmentImmigration

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a live chat with La Voz de Guanacaste regarding the current measures in place concerning our borders and their impact on the expat community. I rewatched the video to make sure I did not contribute to any “fake news” by providing

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ImmigrationTourismTravel

The Immigration Department issued this morning, April 24th, 2020 Resolution N° DJUR-0069-04-2020-JM, which, in summary, states: The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications from now on and until May 17th, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until May 17th, 2020. Consequently, documents which will expire

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Immigration

We have been contacted by several people inquiring whether the tourist visas have been extended until July 17th. Initially, on March 17th, the Immigration Department issued a decree with the description of the measures related to dealing with the COVID 19 Crisis. Those measures included an automatic extension of the

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penalties for overstaying
ImmigrationResidencyTravel

Update: Entry Stamps Extended until July 17th, 2020. Update: On April 20, the Health Minister, Daniel Salas, reported that the closing of borders for foreigners continues in force in the country until May 15. Immigration just announced through their official Facebook page that they will be suspending the fines and

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better days
ImmigrationLiving

To say we are living in strange and scary times is an understatement. This COVID19 crisis has everyone worried and stressed and rightfully so. But amidst all of the ugliness, we must not forget that this will pass and that things will soon settle down. Consequently, we must not lose

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residency status updates - outlier legal services
ImmigrationResidencyTravel

There continues to be confusion regarding the initial statement made by President Carlos Alvarado that any Resident (or person with legal status or application in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will have their status cancelled. This has been published in various newspapers, it was even mentioned

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Border closing and other measures extended until April 30th, 2020.
GovernmentImmigrationTravel

Update: On April 20, the Health Minister, Daniel Salas, reported that the closing of borders for foreigners continues in force in the country until May 15. The following measures have been extended until April 30th, 2020: As a result of the COVID19 crisis, only Costa Rican nationals and Residents will

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if I travel my status would be cancelled
CitizenshipGovernmentImmigrationResidencyTravel

As announced earlier in the week, the President alerted that any foreign national with legal status (meaning Residents, people with Special Categories, Estancias or applications in progress) who departs the country during the COVID19 crisis will automatically lose their immigration status. The summary of the press conference can be found

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