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What are the benefits of Costa Rica Citizenship?

Many expats and immigrants take the final step of their immigration to Costa Rican and become a naturalized citizen.

We get questions about citizenship a lot, mainly what are the benefits of citizenship? Is the process difficult? Will I lose my citizenship? Let’s go through these questions and see if naturalization is right for you.

CITIZENSHIP BY RESIDENCE
  • 7 YEARS LIVING IN COSTA RICA AS A RESIDENT WITH A CÉDULA (SEE NOTE)
  • PROOF THAT YOU HAVE LIVED IN COSTA RICA FOR THE ACCUMULATED AMOUNT OF TIME THROUGH RECORD OF YOUR IMMIGRATION (ENTIRES & EXITS)
  • 2 CHARACTER WITNESS DECLARATIONS
  • PROOF OF FINANCIAL MEANS OF LIVING (i.e. INCOME CERTIFICATION FROM A CPA)
  • SENIORS 65+ ARE EXEMPT FROM THE CITIZENSHIP TEST

NOTE:

  • 5 YEARS IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF CENTRAL AMERICAN COUNTRY
  • 5 YEARS IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF CERTAIN LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES
  • 5 YEARS IF YOU ARE A CITIZEN OF SPAIN (BY BIRTH)

 

THREE INSTALLMENT PLAN - $1,100 $900 (SENIORS 65+ DISCOUNT)

ASK US ABOUT AN “ADDITIONAL DISCOUNT” FOR PAYING IN FULL IN ADVANCE!

SECOND PAYMENT
$250
  • ONCE APPLICATION IS SUBMITTED AND A CASE NUMBER IS PROVIDED
  • INCLUDES:
  • APPLICATION STATUS TRACKING
  • IN-HOUSE FOLLOW-UPS AT THE OFFICES OF THE SUPREME ELECTIONS TRIBUNAL (TSE)
  • RESPONDING TO FEEDBACK FROM THE (TSE)
THIRD PAYMENT
$250
  • ONCE YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED
  • INCLUDES:
  • FACILITATE YOUR CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY APPOINTMENT
  • FACILITATE THE ISSUANCE OF YOUR 1ST NATIONAL ID CARD (CÉDULA)
  1. TRANSLATION TO SPANISH OF 1 BIRTH CERTIFICATE, 1 TYPICAL (“CLEAN SHEET” POLICE RECORD, AND 1 PASSPORT ARE INCLUDED.
  2. LOCALLY NOTARIZED COPIES OF STANDARD PASSPORT AND APPLICATION DOCUMENTS INCLUDED (WHERE NECESSARY)

PRICING DOES NOT INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • OBTAINING LEGALIZED OR APOSTILLED DOCUMENTS SUCH AS BIRTH CERTIFICATES, POLICE RECORDS OR MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES (SEE NOTE)
  • REFUND OF YOUR “GUARANTEE DEPOSIT” FROM IMMIGRATION (SEE NOTE)
  • INCOME CERTIFICATION FROM A CPA, IF REQUIRED (SEE NOTE)

NOTE:

  • CRIE CAN ASSIST YOU WITH THIS ITEM FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE
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