If you are the parent of a child or children born in Costa Rica, or who are Costa Rica citizens, you could qualify for Permanent Residency as a Parent of a Costa Rican.
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The primary requirement for this category is being named as a parent on the birth certificate (on record at the Civil Registry) of a Costa Rican born child.
If the child was born abroad out of one Costa Rican parent, the birth abroad must be recorded with the Civil Registry. In this case we will assist with the registration of the birth abroad for an additional fee.
Each parent must apply for residency as the Principal applicant. Any dependent minor children who are not Costa Rican citizens, are allowed to obtain residency as dependents.
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 following documents are required for filing the application for permanent residence as a parent of a Costa Rican:
The application process for the permanent 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 dedicate this period of time to make sure that you get the documents you will need to bring to Costa Rica, as well as preparing the rest of the documents required for the application. Generally, it takes about two months to obtain all of the required documents.|
|Analysis and Decision by the DGME||9 to 12 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 12 months for processing an application.|
|Registration||4 weeks||Once the application has been approved, We will proceed with the your mandatory registration with the CCSS for the Social Security system (also known as CAJA). In addition, we will obtain the ID for foreigners (DIMEX aka cédula). This last step completes the process.|