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Is Your Immigration Application Taking Forever?

Costa Rica’s Immigration authority offers an online system for verifying and checking the status of your immigration file. Click here to access the system. (external site – new window) The status check system is Spanish only, so below are some translations for your convenience.

NOTE: The above is only a screenshot of the system — please click here to access the actual system.

Here is an explanation of the potential results:


Your file has been opened and awaiting resolution. What do I do? Wait until the file runs its course.


A “previo” means that there is a document that is missing to complete the file. What do I do? Contact CRIE so that we can present the requested documentation.


The resolution of your file is awaiting signature. What do I do? Wait 15 working days to check the status of your application.


Your immigration file has a resolution, and you have been notified. What do I do? Check with CRIE to make sure the resolution has been received, and we will help you with the required steps to secure the resident card.


This indicates that the applicant has received his or her resident card (DIMEX). If you’ve applied for a change of category, already having your resident card, it’s possible that the status check will show this result, until it reverts to “Resolucion Firmas.” What do I do? Please continue to check the status periodically. Note that you should apply for a change of category with enough leeway time to avoid the expiration of your current resident card.

Is Your Immigration Application Taking Forever?

Costa Rica Immigration Experts (CRIE) is NOT immigration. CRIE is not a government agency nor does it represent a government agency in any way. The above links and translations are provided for information purposes only.

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