Foreigners legally residing in Costa Rica and wanting to become citizens must go to the Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) in San José as part of a new regulation.
Beginning this week all interested residents can choose one of five types of citizenship procedures: Naturalization for those over 25 years old, born in Costa Rica and child of foreign parents; naturalization for those over 25 years of age; born abroad from Costa Rican parents; naturalization per residence for those who have lived for at least twenty years in Costa Rica; naturalization by marriage with a Costa Rican national; and naturalization for residence.
Detailed information on each procedure may be found at TSE’s website: www.tse.go.cr (Spanish only).
The naturalization office is open to the public on weekdays from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The new regulation was published last month in the government’s newspaper La Gaceta.