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Residency for same-sex couples in Costa Rica

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The President of Costa Rica has signed an executive decree, No. 41329-MGP for the Department of Immigration that orders the Department to process same-sex

Residency for same-sex couples in Costa Rica

The President of Costa Rica has signed an executive decree, No. 41329-MGP for the Department of Immigration that orders the Department to process same-sex marriages for residency processing.

The decree which is called “Regulation for the Recognition of Migratory Rights for Same-Sex Couples” provides the following.
 
 The purpose of the regulation is to regulate the recognition of migratory rights by the Department of Immigration of same-sex couples. 
 The idea is that same-sex couples could now apply jointly for primary and dependent status as a couple instead of having to apply separately as had been the case in the past.
 To qualify the couple must present either (1) a valid marriage certificate issued by a governmental authority where same-sex marriages are recognized.  (2) A court document that would prove an imputed marriage between the couples according to local law.
With this new regulation, same-sex couples that qualify to do so can apply for temporary, permanent or any special immigration category that they would qualify for.

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