COSTA RICAN CITIZEN


NOTE: Take into consideration that in any of the following procedures in this Consulate must first request an appointment.


1. Renewal of Identity card (cédula de identidad)

2. New Identity card (cédula de identidad)

3. New Passport

4. Passport renewal

5. Passport for minors

6. Application for new passport due to theft, loss or destruction

7. Permits for minors to leave Costa Rica

8. Registration of children of Costa Rican citizens born abroad

9. Application for Certificate of Delinquency 

10. Letter of No Objection (Waiver)

11. Power of Attorney

12. Authentication of Diplomas and Certificates 

13. Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States
 

1. Renewal of Identity card (cédula de identidad)

This has to be requested in person, it has no cost and you have to make an appointment in the Consulate of your jurisdiction. To renew your identification card you must show up on the day of your appointment with the following documents:

  1. Expired identity card (cédula de identidad) or copy of your birth certificate.
  2. Two passport size photographs with a light blue background.

NOTE: If your ID card  (cédula de identidad) has been expired over ten years, it is necessary to come to the Consulate with:

• Two Costa Rican witnesses with the original and photocopies of their valid identity cards (cédulas de identidad).

Processing time: Please take into consideration that the process in the Consulate can last about an hour. Once we receive your application it will be sent to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica for the appropriate action. The identity card may take up to three months to be sent back to the Consulate of your jurisdiction in the United States.
 

2.    New Identity Card (cédula de identidad)

This has to be requested in person, it has no cost and you have to make an appointment in the Consulate of your jurisdiction. To apply for a new identification card you must show up on the day of your appointment with the following documents:

  1. Copy of your passport or birth certificate.
  2. Two passport size photographs with light blue background
  3. The applicant must be accompanied by two Costa Rican witnesses (can be family or friends) with the original and photocopies of their valid identity cards (cédulas).

Processing time: Please take into consideration that the process in the Consulate can last about an hour. Once we receive your application it will be sent to the Civil Registry of Costa Rica for the appropriate action. The identity card may take up to three months to be sent back to the Consulate of your jurisdiction in the United States of America.
 

3. New Passport

 

For more information on the procedures for DIGITAL PASSPORT, please visit the:

  1. Consulate of Washington DC procedures.
  2. Consulate of New York procedures. 
  3. Consulate of Los Angeles procedures. 
  4. Consulate of Miami procedures.
  5. Consulate of Atlanta procedures.
  6. Consulate of Houston procedures.

 

Consulate of Chicago and Puerto Rico procedures

The new passport application can be sent by post, e-mail or fax to the Consulate. 

You must send us the following documents:

  1. Photocopy of the first two pages of the expired passport.
  2. Photocopy of both sides of your valid identity card (cédula de identidad).
  3. "Application for Passport" form signed.

 

Once you send the documents you should make an appointment in the Consulate to collect your passport. The day of your appointment you must bring:

  1. Valid identity card (cédula de identidad).
  2. Two color passport photos (white background).
  3. Original form signed (the one previously sent by fax or e-mail).
  4. $ 32.00.Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

Processing time: Please take into consideration that the procedure at the Consulate can last about an hour.

 

4. Passport renewal

The application for renewal of passport can be sent by post, e-mail or fax to the Consulate of your jurisdiction. 

 

If you choose to send the application via e-mail or fax, you should provide the following documentation:

1. "Request for Revalidation of Passport” form signed.

2. Photocopy of the first two pages of the expired passport.

3. Photocopy of both sided of your valid identity card (cédula).

 

4.1. After submitting the information you should make an appointment at the Consulate of your jurisdiction and bring on the day of your appointment:

1. Original expired passport.

2. Original identity card (cédula), valid and in good condition.

3. $ 3.00.Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

4. Original form signed

 

4.2. If you choose to send the documents by post to the Consulate of your jurisdiction, you must provide the following documentation:

1. "Request for Revalidation of Passport” form, which should be signed.

2. Original identity card (cédula), valid and in good condition.

3. Photocopy of both sides of your valid identity card (cédula).

4. Photocopy of the first two pages of the passport.

5. The original expired passport.

6. $ 3.00.  Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

7. Two passport size photographs with white background.

8. If sent by mail, a self-addressed envelope with the necessary postage to return the passport or for greater security a prepaid courier with your address (we do not accept return envelopes to be paid by credit card). The consulate is not responsible for the loss of documents sent by mail.

Processing time:The procedure takes about two weeks upon receipt of the documentation.

 

5. Passport for minors 

 

For more information on the procedures for DIGITAL PASSPORT, please visit the:

  1. Consulate of Washington DC procedures.
  2. Consulate of New York procedures.
  3. Consulate of Los Angeles procedures.
  4. Consulate of Miami procedures.
  5. Consulate of Atlanta procedures.
  6. Consulate of Houston procedures.

 

Consulate of Chicago and Puerto Rico procedures

The renewal of a passport for a minor must be made in person by both parents, and they need to make an appointment in the Consulate for that purpose. If one parent is in Costa Rica, he/she should go to the Immigration Office in La Uruca and follow the corresponding procedure.


You must provide the following documentation:

1. Photocopy of the first two pages of the expired passport.

2. Photocopy of both sides of valid identity cards (cédulas) of the parents.

3. Birth certificate of the child with less than two months from being  issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica.

4. "Application for Passport" form signed.

5. "Parent Declaration" form, wich will be handed to you at the Consulate.

6. Two passport photos of the child (white background).

7. New passport is $ 32.00.  Passport renewal is $ 3.00. Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

 

Processing time: Please take into consideration that the procedure at  the Consulate can last about an hour.

NOTE: Once you have provided the application, you must  make a new appointment at the Consulate to collect your child's passport. It is not necessary for the child to be present in the Consulate to complete this process.

 

6. Application for new passport due to theft, loss or destruction

 

For more information on the procedures for DIGITAL PASSPORT, please visit the:

  1. Consulate of Washington D.C.
  2. Consulate of New York procedures.
  3. Consulate of Los Angeles procedures. 
  4. Consulate of Miami procedures.
  5. Consulate of Atlanta procedures.
  6. Consulate in Houston procedures.

 

Consulate of Chicago and Puerto Rico

The new passport application due to theft, loss or destruction may be sent by post, e-mail or fax to the Consulate  

 

You must provide the following documentation:

1. Photocopy of the first two pages of the expired passport

2. Photocopy of both sides of your valid identity card (cédula).

3. "Application for Passport" form signed.

4. "Passport Declaration" form signed.

 

Following the submission of your documents you must request an appointment in the Consulate to collect your passport . The day of your appointment you must bring:

 

1. Valid identity card (cédula).

2. Two color passport photos (white background)

3. Original form signed (previously sent by fax or email)

4. $ 32.00.  Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

Processing time: Please take into consideration that the procedure at the Consulate can last about an hour.

 

7. Trip permits for Costa Rican minors to leave Costa Rica

For this procedure, which has no cost, it is necessary to request an appointment at the Consulate of your jurisdiction.  Both parents must be present with original and photocopies of their valid identification cards (cédulas de identidad), and they must provide the child's birth certificate within less than two months from having being issued by the Civil Registry of Costa Rica, as well as a passport size photograph. The minor is not required to come to the Consulate.

Upon receipt of the documents at the consulate, they will be sent immediately to the Office of Minors at the Immigration Office where the information will be entered into the system. Once this is done, the child will not have any problem exiting Costa Rica.

The temporarypermit will be valid for 30 days from the time that the Immigration Office receives the documentation.

 

8. Birth registration for children of Costa Rican citizens

A Costa Rican parent whose son/daughter was born in the United States and who wish to apply for their Costa Rican citizenship have two options:

1. If the parent plans to travel to Costa Rica, he/she can make arrangements in person at the Civil Registry for the registration of his son/daughter, which will be much faster. For this, all that is required is a birth certificate authenticated by the Secretary of State, to contact an official translator from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Costa Rica to translate the document, to take the original and translated copy of the birth certificate and lastly to take the documents to the Civil Registry for registration. This process has no cost.

2. The other option is to get an appointment at the Consulate of your jurisdiction and provide the following documents:

(a) Child's birth certificate, which must have been previously authenticated by the Secretary of State where the document was issued.

(b) The U.S. birth certificate must be translated into Spanish and the translation must be notarized by a notary public of the United States and then taken to the Consulate of your jurisdiction for approval.  Once the document has been authenticated by the corresponding Secretary of State and translated into Spanish, the applicant must make an appointment to the Consulate of your jurisdiction so that the document is authenticated by the Consulate. This process has no cost.

The day of the appointment, the father or mother has to show up in the Consulate with the original and photocopy of both sides of his/her valid identity card (cédula de identidad). Take into consideration that it is not necessary to take the child to the Consulate for this procedure unless the child is between 18 and 24 years of age. In this case, the child must bring a valid photo ID.  

The Costa Rican parent can verify if the registration has been made successfully in the following link: http://www.tse.go.cr/consulta_persona/consulta_nombres.aspx

The registration of birth must be done before 25 years of age. After that, you will lose the option to enroll your child as a Costa Rican citizen and must first apply for residence in order to obtain his/her naturalization.

 

9. Application for Certificate of Delinquency

If you reside outside of Costa Rica and need to get your Certificate of Delinquency, you need to make a specific request to the Consulate of your jurisdiction.

 

The application letter should be sent to the Consulate and must state:

  • Full name of the person requiring the certificate.
  • Number of identity card (cédula de identidad) or passport.
  • Date of birth.
  • Full names of both parents.
  • Full name, identity card (cédula de identidad) number and telephone number of the person in Costa Rica who is authorized to pick up the certificate of delinquency.
  • Photocopy of both sides of your valid identity card (cédula de identidad) or photocopy of the first two pages of the passport.

If you have difficulty getting to the Consulate of your jurisdiction to submit the application, you can send the letter by mail, duly signed and notarized by a Notary Public of the United States of America and Secretary of State. This consular process has no cost.

 

10. Letter of No Objection (Waiver)

By provision of section 212 (e) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of the United States of America, visitors in the United States of America with a J-1 visa are subject to a two years residency requirement in their country of origin for some of the following reasons:

  1. They have received funding from the U.S. Government, the Government of Costa Rica or an international organization for their academic program.
  2. The education, learning or training they have obtained is on the priority list of professions or occupations of the country of origin (in this case Costa Rica).
  3. They acquired a J-1 visa after January 10, 1977 in order to obtain education or post-graduate training in the field of medicine.

If you have not obtained financial support for the program in which you are taking part of, you can request a letter of "No Objection" to the Consulate of Costa Rica in your jurisdiction.

Exceptions

Visitors who are subject to the requirement of residence in their country of origin that do not wish to return must apply to the waiver covered by one of the following five exceptions established by the Immigration and Naturalization Act of the United States of America:

  1. Letter of No Objection. The Government of Costa Rica shall indicate in a letter to the State Department that it does not object to the two-year foreign residency requirement being waived to the Costa Rican citizen or resident of Costa Rica, and to him/her remaining in the United States. This letter will be prepared by the Embassy of Costa Rica in Washington DC, according to the guidelines set by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.
  2. Application by a state agency of the United States that is interested in his/her services. If the visitor is working on a project for or of interest to the government of the United States, the agency concerned may request for the interested party to stay in the country for reasons of public interest.
  3. Persecution. If the visitor believes that he or she will be persecuted based on his/her race, religion, or political opinion if he/she were to return to his/her home country, he/she may apply for a persecution waiver.
  4. Exceptional hardship to a United States citizen (or legal permanent resident) spouse or child of an exchange visitor. If the visitor can demonstrate that his/her absence from the United States for a period of two years imposes exceptional hardship on his/her spouse or child, and the spouse or child is a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, he or she may apply for an exceptional hardship waiver. Mere separation from family is not considered to be sufficient to establish exceptional hardship.
  5. Request by a designated State Department of Public Health or its equivalent. This exception only apply to foreign medical doctors who have an offer of full-time employment at a health care facility in a designated health care professional shortage area, and agrees to begin employment at that facility within 90 days of receiving such a waiver, and who signs a contract to continue to work at that health care facility for a total of 40 hours per week and for not less than three years, may apply for a waiver under this basis. 

Procedure

The request for the resignation (Waiver) of the requirement of two years of residence in the country of origin established by the foreign visitor visa J-1, should be made to the Waiver Review Office of the State Department. You can find the procedure on the website of the Department of State.

Documents to be sent to the Consulate of your Jurisdiction to request a Letter of No Objection:

  1. Letter in Spanish addressed to the General Director of Foreign Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs indicating the reasons for wishing to remain in the United States. The letter should indicate your personal information, address and current occupation. If you have an employer please provide their name, company name and address. Do not forget to include your case number. 
  2. Copy of your passport.
  3. Copy of  I-94.
  4. A copy of the DS-2019.
  5. If you have an employer, a letter indicating his approval.
  6. Letter issued by the sponsoring institution of exchange (which appears in this capacity in the form DS-2019) which expresses clearly that the exchange program in which the applicant participated was not funded or subsidized in any way with Government funds of the United States of America or Costa Rica.

The letter of No Objection has no cost.

Processing time: If you have fulfilled all the requirements, the process will take from two to three weeks.

 

11. Powers of Attorney

There are two different types of procedures, depending on the content of the power of attorney:authentication of an existent power of attorney or signing a new power of attorney in the Consul's log book. Please contact your attorney in Costa Rica to help you understand which is the applicable procedure in your case.

Cost

• The fee for all Powers of Attorney is U.S. $ 100.00
• Please read Payment methods in the various consulates of Costa Rica in United States

Processing time: It can take about an hour.


12. Authentication of Diplomas and Certificates

If you have studied in the United States of America and require that your documents be recognized by the Costa Rican academic authorities or by a university, school or other institution in Costa Rica, your diplomas and certificates of grades should be authenticated by the Secretary of State.