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Residency

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-Difference-Between-Applying-for-Residency-and-Citizenship-
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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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Case Reviews: Spotting the Usual Mistakes in Residency Applications
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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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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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An immigration process can be described as an adventure. It can be intimidating; it can be hard to comprehend, but it isn´t entirely devoid of fun moments. Every country has an idiom and certain keywords which expats are not familiar with and which, if explained properly, can make the process

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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

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Residency

As of June 2019, Costa Rica´s Immigration Department (Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería) has implemented changes in the way it is processing first-time Residency requests in accordance with article 28 of the Immigration Regulation. Until May 2019, applicants could file incomplete applications, meaning file what was available (there were

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So, as some of you may know, we are in a constant battle with the Immigration Department or DGME (and other government agencies) to make them do their job. We have been working on the driver’s license, CAJA requirements, processing times for applications for residency, so on and so forth.

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And-What-If-I-Have-A-Criminal-Record-
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If you’ve ever considered retiring in Costa Rica or applying for residency as an Investor, Rentista, Self-Employed, etc. this information might be of your interest. Costa Rican immigration law cites a recent, duly apostilled/legalized background check certificate as one of the requirements to apply for Residency. Immmigration has confirmed that

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As part of their sovereignty, every nation enacts laws in order to regulate the migration of people along its borders. The instrument used to demonstrate the approval of entry and legal stay in a country is generally known as a visa (not to be confused with Residency for the purposes

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