Posts In Category

Human Rights

FamilyGovernmentHuman Rights

This month of May, the topic of equal marriage resurfaced in Costa Rican society. This issue has generated conflicting and opposing views from both social and legal aspects. In 2006, the Costa Rica Supreme Court issued a decision stating that the legal limitation for same sex couples to get married

Read More
legal considerations
ConstitutionGovernmentHuman RightsImmigrationTravel

Traveling abroad versus losing your immigration status, is it legal? The measures declared by the Government of Costa Rica today brought to my mind some memories about my Law school days as of what are the limits the Public Administration should have when it comes to restricting fundamental rights. If

Read More
Human RightsImmigrationResidency

Back in March 2019, it was announced that Immigration is now accepting same-sex spouses/partners to be included as dependents in all immigration categories, including Temporary and Permanent Residencies, if a duly apostilled/legalized marriage/union certificate is provided. At the time, however, it was stated that same-sex couples that included a Costa

Read More
CitizenshipConstitutionHuman Rights

Currently, the Board of Elections (Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones or TSE) may change your name when you obtain citizenship in Costa Rica. The TSE is the agency responsible for processing the applications for Naturalization. This process is different than obtaining residency which is processed by the Immigration Department (DGME). The

Read More
Human RightsImmigrationResidencyUncategorized

Per Costa Rican law, any tico, Resident (either Temporary or Permanent), Student, Refugee, Asylee or Stateless child under the age of 18 needs a Minor’s Exit Permit to depart the country. It is, simply put, the authorization that the parents or legal guardian provide so that the child can exit

Read More
Human RightsImmigration

Immigration is now accepting same-sex spouses/partners to be included as dependents in all immigration categories, including Temporary and Permanent Residencies, if a duly apostilled/legalized marriage/union certificate is provided. This means that same-sex couples whose relationship is duly recognized in the country of occurrence no longer need to apply independently and

Read More
ConstitutionCultureHuman RightsImmigration

Costa Rica Moving Towards Recognizing Migratory Rights of Same Sex Couples. On November 20th, 2018, the Immigration Department (DGME) issued and submitted for public opinion a draft legislation titled “REGULATION FOR THE RECOGNITION OF MIGRATORY RIGHTS TO COUPLES OF THE SAME SEX”. The draft, which in summary states that same-sex couples holding

Read More