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.
• 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)
• 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.
- To prepare initial paperwork and start the case
- Submitting the Application
- Certified copies2
- 2 Powers of Attorney
- Once application is submitted and a case number is provided
- 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)
- Translations to Spanish of 1 birth certificate, 1 typical “clean sheet” police record, and 1 passport are included.
- 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).