Law 9996, which introduces changes and incentives for those applying for Pensionados, Rentistas, and Investors has now been signed by President Alvarado! Law 9996 and its subsequent ruling will determine how these Residency categories are requested and the perks of securing them.
What does Law 9996
There are two main ways foreigners can become Costa Rican citizens: through marriage and residency.
Please keep in mind that both ways to obtain citizenship will not count any time you live temporarily outside Costa Rica for your application. For example, if you plan on requesting
As the expat community knows, our Immigration Department was closed from March until October of 2020. When they reopened, they did so with a few new policies, the main one being that they now work by appointment only. During the pre-COVID days, if you wanted
MOPT has issued the official decree regarding the grace period to complete the homologation of foreign driver's licenses for people with DIMEX cards, and Costa Rican nationals, which was announced yesterday.
Driving as a Resident or Costa Rican National with a Foreign Driver's License
A new grace
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