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.Are you married to a Costa Rican citizen? If so, you may qualify for Residency For Spouses Category. Foreigners who marry a Costa Rican resident are eligible for Temporary Residency, according to current immigration laws. Your marriage must be registered with the Civil Registry (Registro Civil).

Are you not married yet? No worries, we can assist you with the ceremony as well. The process is fast and straightforward. All you need is the presence of 2 witnesses at the ceremony and be ready for an interview performed at the Immigration Department. A local lawyer registers the marriage with Costa Rica’s National Registry, which issues an official marriage certificate after the ceremony. Civil marriages legally conducted in Costa Rica are valid worldwide.

Click HERE for more information about getting married in Costa Rica.



• Must provide documentary proof of the marriage’s validity (photos of the wedding and other events, proof of cohabitation, and communication between spouses – phone records, e-mails, etc.);
• Must be in Costa Rica at least one day per year.



• Temporary Residency for Spouses – valid for one year, renewable;
• Can apply for permanent residency without conditions after three years;
• Can work as an employee or independent worker;
• Can own a company and receive dividends.



  1. Criminal Background Check;
  2. Birth Certificate;
  3. Marriage Certificate;
  4. Application Form and Cover Letter (CRIE will complete this for you);
  5. Certified Copy of the passport (we will help you with it);
  6. Consular Registration (we will do it for you);
  7. Fingerprints (we can assist you with this);
  8. Eight passport size photographs;
  9. Three copies of the Costa Rican spouse’s national ID (cédula de identidad) front and back.

* – All the documents should be apostilled in your country of origin (if your home country is not part of the Apostille Convention, the documents should be authenticated or legalized in the Embassy of Costa Rica in your country of origin).

$1500 – Primary Applicant (PR)
$ 500 – Per Child (CH)


Payable in 2 installments (pay in full and ask for a discount)


$750(PR), $250(CH)
To complete and submit residency case file to Immigration



Apart from our service fees, please keep in mind that there will be Government Fees and expenses (such as translations into Spanish, Change of Status fee, Application fee, Local Fingerprints Appointment fee, ID card – DIMEX, Guarantee Deposit, Caja Registration).
For the details, click HERE

*Taxes are not included in the price
*All prices subject to change without notice


To point out, you have 90 days to submit all required documents to Immigration (DGME) once an application case file is opened. Let’s say a residency applicant has difficulties obtaining documents within the allotted 90-day period, and we can help. In this case, CRIE can request an extension of time to submit the documents (at the cost of $100.00 US, per time extension request).


If we need to submit a time extension request on your behalf, you must pay for it promptly or risk having your case file thrown out by Immigration (DGME).

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