If you are married to a Costa Rican citizen are eligible for temporary residence through marriage.
Take advantage of our 18-month Legal Service Plans or pay in full up front for residency, plus one renewal, and save $311!
Our 18-month Legal Service Plans include:
*US document procurement and authentication only. Document procurement and authentication for countries other than the United States can be completed at an additional cost.
One of the most challenging parts of residency is obtaining the required documents. Other documents may be required depending on your category, but for now we are only covering birth and marriage… Read More…
The application process for the temporary residence has three stages. Namely, document procurement, Government Analysis and Decision, and Registration. Please review below the description of these three stages as well as the corresponding timeline applicable to each stage.
|Document Procurement||8 weeks||We will obtain the required documents during this period of time. Generally, it takes about two months to obtain all of the required documents.|
|Analysis and Decision by the DGME||9 months||Once the required documents have been obtained, we will file the application with the Immigration Department (DGME) By law, the DGME should process the application within 90 days. However, based on recent processing times, the DGME is currently taking about nine months for processing an application.|
|Registration||4 weeks||Once the application has been approved, We will proceed with the registration with the CCSS for the Social Security system (aka Caja). In addition, we will obtain the ID for foreigners (DIMEX aka cédula). This last step completes the process.|