• Costa Rica: Applicants for Residence Permits Must Now Submit Local Criminal History Report
  • July 1, 2010
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Foreign applicants for residence permits must now submit a local criminal history report (“hoja de delincuencia”) proving that they have not been convicted of any crime in Costa Rica, according to informal guidance from the immigration authorities. The new requirement applies to all residence applicants aged 18 or older, whether they are submitting a first-time application or a renewal or change of status.

    The foreign national or an authorized third-party representative with a valid power of attorney must request the criminal history report either online or in person at the Costa Rican Judicial Registry Office in San José. If a request is submitted online, the foreign national or representative must collect the report at the Judicial Registry Office within five business days of issuance.

    Along with the local criminal history report, first-time applicants for residence must continue to submit proof that they have not had a criminal record in their country of citizenship or residence in the five years preceding the filing of their application.

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