What is a DIMEX?
In the simplest terms, DIMEX is the ID card that the Costa Rican government issues to foreigners. The acronym stands for Documento de Identidad Migratorio para Extranjeros, or Immigration Identity Document for Foreigners. A DIMEX is issued for Permanent and Temporary Residents
Everything you need to know about the latest news to renew, duplicate or get your DIMEX for the first time.
On September 28th, the Ministry of Government and Police; and the Immigration Department (DGME), through resolution N° DJUR-0144-09-2022-LSS, stated that the administrative measures related to the
Currently, due to COVID crisis, you should take into consideration some points to ensure a smooth renewal process.
Requesting DIMEX cards for renewal, except Temporary Residency based on Marriage, shall only be processed through the corresponding branches of Banco de Costa Rica (800 BCRCITA, o through
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
As announced: Starting March 18, 2020 at 23:59 and until April 12, 2020 at 23:59, only Residents and Costa Rican nationals may enter the country as a result of the COVID19 crisis.
Some of the exceptions to the rule, per Decree N° 42238 - MGP –
The Immigration Department issued this evening Resolution N° DJUR-043-03-2019-JM, which, in summary, states:
The Immigration Department WILL NOT receive Residency applications going forward and until May 17, 2020. This includes all categories. Basically, Residency applications are suspended until May 17, 2020.
Consequently, documents that
Update: Entry Stamps Extended until July 17th, 2020.
As usual, every year the Department of Immigration tries to figure out a way to impose fines and penalties on those who have overstayed their visa permission in the country. These attempts have been going in since March
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
People often ask what it means to have Condición Restringida on your DIMEX card. It basically means that you cannot work. On the other hand, Libre Condición means that you can work.
Under Section 2 of the Immigration Regulation, Condición Restringida is a limitation set forth