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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.
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The following measures have been extended until April 30th, 2020: As a result of the COVID19 crisis, only Costa Rican nationals and Residents will be allowed in the country. This measure will be in effect until April 30th, 2020. Some of the exceptions to the rule, per Decree N° 42238

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if I travel my status would be cancelled
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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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Efforts done so far
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Outlier Legal Services has been working on getting answers to outstanding questions that remain unaddressed during the COVID19 crisis. So far, we have filed or will file clarification requests on the following items: Will foreign nationals be allowed to drive with a valid foreign driver’s license but an expired entry

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Should-I-Become-a-Costa-Rican-Citizen-
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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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Frequently-Asked-Questions-about-Immigration
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The following is a list of commonly asked questions regarding obtaining residency in Costa Rica: Is it true that there are various residency categories? That is correct. One cannot simply apply for residency; one must apply for one of the many distinct residency categories our law offers. An applicant must

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The Immigration-Department--It-is Just Too Complicated-to Keep Up
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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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Changes on the Guarantee Deposit For Temporary and Permanent Residents
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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
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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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ImmigrationPensionado Category

I We receive a lot of questions regarding the renewal of this category, such as: do I need to transfer money from my dollars account into the colones account? Do I need a background check? Do I need a letter from my pension? And many more. So let’s review how

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