I have Costa Rican children: How can I obtain a Costa Rican residency through my children?

by Quatro Legal Immigration Team | Jan. 2, 2024 | Article, Immigration

If you’re a parent to a child born in Costa Rica or a Costa Rican citizen, you may be eligible for permanent residency under the parent category. Here’s a comprehensive overview of the requirements and the application process:

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for permanent residency as a parent of a Costa Rican, each parent must apply as the principal applicant. Dependent minor children who are not Costa Rican citizens can also obtain residency as dependents.


Primary Requirement for the Parent Category

The key requirement for this category is being officially named as a parent on the birth certificate, recorded at the Civil Registry, of a Costa Rican-born child. If the child was born abroad with one Costa Rican parent, the birth abroad must be duly recorded with the Civil Registry. Our services extend to assisting with the registration of births abroad for an additional fee in such cases.


Application Process

The application process typically spans between 12 to 16 months, contingent on the processing time of the Costa Rica Immigration department (DGME).


Required Documents for Application

For filing an application for permanent residency as a parent of a Costa Rican, the following documents are necessary:

    • National Background Check.
    • Birth Certificate.
    • Verification of the main requirement: Birth Certificate of Costa Rican Born Child from the National Residency.
    • Application Form.
    • Cover Letter.
    • Fingerprints.
    • Certified Copy of the passport.
    • Consular Registration.
    • Four passport-size photographs.

Document Preparation Assistance

Our quoted service cost includes the preparation of these required documents, ensuring a seamless application process.


Filing the Application

Once all necessary documents are compiled, our team conducts a final review before filing the application with the DGME. It’s crucial to file the application before the expiration of the tourist stamp on your passport or the expiration of relevant documents.


Application Processing Time:

While the law mandates a 90-day processing period, recent trends indicate that the DGME is currently taking between 12 to 14 months for application processing. Throughout this period, we consistently monitor the status of your application to ensure it progresses as anticipated.


Stay in Costa Rica during Analysis:

You can remain in Costa Rica during the application analysis period, and border runs are only necessary if you plan on driving, as a valid entry stamp is required for driving purposes. Trust us to guide you through the process, making your journey towards permanent residency as smooth as possible.

Trust us to guide you through the process, making your journey towards permanent residency as smooth as possible. For more information please fill out the courtesy e-meeting form at the bottom. We will be glad to assist you!

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