What would a baby's citizenship be if it…
Seniors are Exempt from Citizenship Test in Costa Rica
Seniors Exempt from Citizenship Test in Costa Rica: What You Need to Know
If you are considering obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica, you may be aware that passing an exam is one of the requirements. This exam covers language and civics, including Costa Rican geography, general history, and the Spanish language. However, this exam can be difficult for many expats, especially seniors who may not feel confident in their language skills. The good news is that there are exemptions for those aged 65 and over, as well as for those with cognitive impairments.
Who is Exempt from the Citizenship Test?
The Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) reformed naturalization regulations to include two key exemptions. Firstly, applicants who are 65 years old or over are exempt from the citizenship test. Secondly, applicants who can prove that they have cognitive problems that would make it difficult for them to pass the exam are also exempt.
Benefits of Citizenship in Costa Rica
While the citizenship exam may seem daunting, obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica can offer many benefits. For example, citizens have the right to vote, access to healthcare and education, and the ability to own property without restrictions. Citizenship can also provide a sense of security and belonging in your adopted country.
The Process of Obtaining Citizenship
In addition to passing the citizenship exam, there are other requirements for obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica. Applicants must exhibit good behavior and establish a source of income. They must also demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by speaking, reading, and writing the language. Applicants must also undergo a comprehensive exam on the history of the country and its values. Finally, applicants must swear to respect the constitutional order of the Republic and demonstrate that they will reside in Costa Rica on a regular basis.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have more questions about obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica, be sure to check out our article on the benefits of citizenship. We cover common questions such as how long it takes to obtain citizenship and whether dual citizenship is allowed.
In conclusion, seniors who are considering obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica should be aware that they may be exempt from the citizenship test. This exemption can make the process less daunting and more accessible for those who may be hesitant to take the exam. As with any major life decision, it’s important to do your research and consider all of the benefits and requirements before making a decision.
-Co-written by Johanna Alvarez (Immigration expert) and Glenn Tellier (Founder of CRIE and Grupo Gap).
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply for citizenship in Costa Rica?
Applicants must demonstrate good behavior, a source of income, Spanish language proficiency, and knowledge of Costa Rican history and values.
What are the benefits of obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica?
Citizenship offers access to healthcare and education, property ownership, voting rights, and a sense of security and belonging.
How long does it take to obtain citizenship in Costa Rica?
The process can take up to 18 months or longer, depending on various factors such as the applicant’s specific circumstances.
Can I maintain dual citizenship in Costa Rica?
Yes, Costa Rica allows dual citizenship, so you can maintain your existing citizenship while also becoming a citizen of Costa Rica.
Is passing the citizenship exam a requirement for all applicants?
No, seniors aged 65 and over, as well as those with cognitive impairments, are exempt from the citizenship exam.
How can I prove my source of income when applying for citizenship?
Applicants can provide various types of documentation, such as tax returns, bank statements, or proof of employment or business ownership.
What is the language requirement for obtaining citizenship in Costa Rica?
Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in Spanish by speaking, reading, and writing the language.
What is the constitutional order of the Republic in Costa Rica?
The constitutional order of the Republic in Costa Rica refers to the set of principles and laws that govern the country, including the protection of human rights and democratic values. Applicants must swear to respect this order as part of the citizenship process.
Fill out the form below to determine your residency category. Or click here!
Select all options that apply to you
Pensionado (Pension/Disability) Category
Rentista (Fixed Income) Category
Inversionista (Investor) Category
Family ties with a Costa Rican Resident/Citizen Category
My residency company let me down
Country Of Birth
Country of Residence
How many people under your application (spouse, children under 25)
Phone Number with Country Code (optional)
Looking for a Loan? – Click HERE.
Looking for Real Estate? – Click HERE.
Looking for Profitable Investments? – Click HERE.
This Post Has 4 Comments
I’m 83 I have been resident since 1992; wish citizenship! Thanks John
Hi John, here is all the information for citizenship. https://www.crie.cr/en/citizenship-in-costa-rica/ have a look at that page and feel free to give at 8373-2085. the good news is you won’t have to write the test because you are over the age of 65.
Hi John… I have lived in Costa Rica for 10 years and I live on my Social Security from the states. If I become a citizen do I lose my SSN Benefits?
No, you won’t lose your benefits