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Are you married to a Costa Rican citizen? If so, you may qualify for residency in Costa Rica through marriage.

Residency Specifications

• Must provide documentary proof of the marriage’s validity, such as photos (of the wedding and other events), proof of cohabitation, and communication between spouses (such as phone records, e-mails etc).
• Temporary Residency – valid for 1 year, renewable.
• Can apply for permanent residency without conditions after 3 years.
• Must be in Costa Rica at least 1 day per year.
• Can work as an employee or independent worker.
• Can own a company and receive dividends.

Document Requirements

The following documents are required for submitting the application for temporary residence as a spouse of a Costa Rican:

  1. Criminal Background Check.
  2. Birth Certificate.
  3. Application Form (CRIE will complete this for you)
  4. Application Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you)
  5. Fingerprints (Obtained from a Local Police Station in Costa Rica, CRIE will assist you with this)
  6. Certified Copy of the passport (CRIE will complete this for you)
  7. Consular Registration (CRIE will assist you to complete)
  8. Six passport size photographs (Completed when you visit our office)
Payment Options
One-Time Plan
  • *$1300 to prepare and submit your application
  • Includes:
  • Submitting the Application
  • Local Fingerprint Registration
  • Government Fees
  • Translations
  • Certified copies
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Passport sized photos
  • *$500 when application is approved
  • Includes:
  • Residency Card (DIMEX)
  • CCSS Registration
  • Driver’s License
  • Per Child: $700 to prepare and submit, $250 when approved
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