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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 (5 years if you are a citizen of a Central American country, a citizen of certain Latin American countries, or a citizen of Spain by birth)
• You must prove you have lived in Costa Rica for the accumulated time through the record of immigration entries and exits
• 2 character witness declarations
• Proof of financial means of living such as an income certification from a CPA
• Completion of citizenship test – Spanish and social studies (applicants aged 65 and over are exempt from this requirement)

Citizenship by Marriage

• 2 years living in Costa Rica married to a Costa Rican citizen
• You must prove you have lived in Costa Rica for the accumulated time through the record of immigration entries and exits.

Three Installment Plan - $1100
Ask us about discounts for paying in full in advance!
SECOND PAYMENT
$500
  • Once application is submitted and a case number is provided
  • Includes:
  • Application status tracking
  • Constant in-person follow-ups at Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) offices
  • Responding to feedback from Supreme Elections Tribunal
  • Facilitating the appointment for your citizenship ceremony
  • Facilitating the issuance of your first national ID card (cédula de identidad)
  1. Translations to Spanish of 1 birth certificate, 1 typical “clean sheet” police record, and 1 passport are included.
  2. Locally notarized photocopies of standard passport and application documents are included where necessary.

Pricing does NOT include:

  • Obtaining legalized or apostilled documents from your home country, such as birth certificates, police records, or marriage certificates (CRIE can assist you with this for an additional fee).
  • Refund of your Guarantee Deposit with immigration (CRIE can assist you with this for an additional fee).
  • Income certification from CPA if required (CRIE can assist you with this for an additional fee).
  • Citizenship exam (CRIE can guide you with the procedure of scheduling and preparing for the exam).
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