by: Robelyn M. Yambao
Here's Robelyn once again. Today, I'm gonna share how we got a copy of our Marriage Certificate and our baby's Birth Certificate here in Costa Rica. I'm going to share our two experience in getting a copy. There are two methods in getting those documents here in Costa Rica. First, through online as you can see in the picture above and the second, through TSE office. So, let's get discuss about it.
Digital Copy Through Online
When we are preparing the documents needed in applying for our baby's passport, we need to get a copy of her birth certificate as well as our marriage certificate. I got information online that there is an online service to get a copy of the said documents. So, we grab this opportunity to check the website to order a copy of birth and marriage certificates. It was very easy, convenient and straight forward. If you want to order yours, just go to this site.
We paid 1575 colones that is $3 USD for one copy. So, we ordered one copy for each document. When we submitted to the US embassy those documents, they required us to submit a birth certificate in literal form not the digital one. Only the marriage certificate in digital one was accepted even without English translation. We also need an English translation of our marriage certificate for international processing purposes but when we submit the digital copy to the translation house they said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs won't accept a digital copy. Since, we still need to get the literal form for our baby, we might as well include our marriage certificate.
Getting a copy in TSE Office San Ramon
When we arrived in San Ramon office, I requested a literal form for both documents. The staff told me to provide a passport for identification so she can do the encoding. After awhile, she gave me a receipt or stub where my name is written and my request forms. She told me to come back after 3 days to pick up the documents.
Three days later, I picked up the papers and didn't check the information because I was in a hurry. When I arrived home, I found out they made a mistake in the spelling of my surname. So, the next day I went back to let them know about the misspelled surname so they can correct it immediately. The staff contacted the San Jose branch to inform them about the mistake. They told me to wait for awhile for the correction. After an hour or so, they printed out a new copy of the document with the correct surname.
When I went to the translation house, the agent didn't check the signature of the documents. They translated the forms immediately but when they submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for authentication it was rejected because the signature was in a digital sign. When the translation house contacted us, they told us to get an original copy with real signature not a digital one. So, we went back again to the TSE office in San Ramon to request an original copy with real signature using pen not a digital signature. They produced immediately from their computer and signed by the staff who printed out the form. The difference between the literal and original is the signature and when you check the original you can see your passport number was included while in literal and digital copy has no signature even your passport number is not reflected.
I don't know why they have different forms here in Costa Rica. So, that was our experience in getting a copy of Birth and Marriage Certificates. I hope this will be helpful for you guys to save time and money. Thank you for reading, see you again next time!
by: Robelyn M. Yambao
This is Robelyn. Today, I'm going to share my experience in getting the "permiso de salida" for my baby. Our baby was born last year here in Costa Rica. In their law, we will need to have this exit permit when we need to travel out of the country with our baby. Our baby needs this permit before the immigration will allow us to take our baby with us. So, here are the steps in getting this permit.
Steps In Getting Exit Permit
First, gather all the requirements before going to the Immigration office in San Jose. The documents they needed are the following:
1. Passports (mother, father and the baby)
2. Original Birth Certificate of the baby
3. A xerox copy of the first page of each passport
4. 2 two passport size photo of the baby
Second, you may go to the Immigration office in La Uruca. When you enter the gate there are two guards at the entrance to check your belongings. At the first window beside the entrance is the copier section. Just line up if you need to photo copy your passport, it costs 40 colones each copy.
Third, you may go straight at the gate number 9. Just keep walking on the right side until you reach the end of the hall way.
Fourth, in the said window gate number 9 you may go inside the office to talk to the guy sitting there if he is not busy. Tell him that you are going to apply for exit permit for your baby. He gonna ask you to show your baby's birth certificate so, give all the documents you have including xerox of your passports.
Fifth, he will give you a form to fill out to gather information about you as parents. The form is half size of a bond paper. The questions in the form are the following:
1. Father's name, address and passport no.
2. Mother's name, address and passport no.
3. Contact Number
4. Name of the baby
5. Choices to check who will be with the baby once you go out of the country. Mother, Father, Both Mother and Father, Either Mother or Father.
6. Signatures of both parents
Sixth, when you submit the form to the guy he gonna encode the info in his computer and print out a paper for you to sign in.
Seventh, once you are done signing you gonna receive the Permiso de Salida at no cost.
That's all for today, thank you for your time reading. See you next time!
by: Robelyn M. Yambao
This is Robelyn, I'm back again. Today, I'm going to share our experience in applying my baby's crba and passport. So, let's get into it!
The Documents They Asked
We brought the following original documents:
* Baby's Costa Rican Birth Certificate (this should be from the civil registry with timbres) but we got ours online so, the officer asked us to scan a copy of the certificate from the civil registry (TSE) the one in literal form and send it to their email.
* Parent's marriage certificate, it is okay not translated or got it online.
* Divorce decree if any
* Passport of parents
* Driver's license or national ID of parents
* Proof of physical presence in USA of the US citizen parent (we provided them school record for this proof and they approved it)
In our case, my husband has aliases so we included explanatory affidavit in support of his alias with documents.
We got our appointment in their website a month ago. Once you completed all your documents, you should go ahead and do appointment because usually it was fully booked to avoid getting a long waiting time. Then, print a copy of your appointment to take with you on your interview day.
At The US Embassy
We arrived at the embassy one hour before our appointment. There were other people in the line-up including a group of families. Once you arrived the officer will come to you to ask your purpose or appointment especially when you have kids with you they usually give priority to check if you are on the list. They will check your bag and ask if you have gadgets or anything that is not allowed inside. We left our bags in the MasXMenos grocery baggage counter walking distance from the embassy. But, when they checked my purse they found two pens and in my husband's waist wallet they found razor and nail cutter. So, they threw away the razor and nail cutter while they kept my pens, wrote my name and instructed me to get it when we exit the building. Inside the building, you will see the photo booth/white board where you can take passport size picture of your baby for only 1ooo colones that is equivalent to $2. Then, there are also officers will guide you at the center when you ask where to go for CRBA. They will tell you to go to the left of the entrance door to go to the area of windows 5, 6 & 7 that's beside the cashier. There are chairs there where you can wait for your name call. Once they call your baby's name, you go to that window and present the documents required.
The first interview will be when presenting the documents.
Consul: Hi, how are you?
Us: Fine, thanks. How about you?
Consul: Great! So, do you have all the documents? What is the document you have for your 5 years proof of presence in US?
Us: Yes, we have here the school record. But, the surname in the passport and the school record are not the same so we have affidavit.
Consul: Let me have it!
We gave all the documents including the application forms and picture.
Consul: Wait for a moment.
We went back to our chair while the consul was reviewing all the papers. Then, he called us to pay the fee of $215 at the cashier window and went back to him to give a copy of the receipt.
After awhile, in another window we heard another consul calling our baby's name. We went to that window. We greeted each other! Then, the consul asked us to raise our right hand and make a statement that we will tell the truth nothing but the truth. So help me God! Start of interview:
Consul: So, the baby's name is Kaylee Jazlyn am I correct?
Consul: When and where did you get married?
Consul: How long you've been in a relationship?
Here, they will ask more about personal questions to prove your relationship such as When and where did you meet?
After the question and answer about relationship and baby information, the consul will tell you "Congratulations your application is approved! Pick up the passport and CRBA within two weeks between 8am-11am, just show your receipt".
We left the building with smile and relief!
Two weeks later, we got email notification from US embassy informing us that the passport and certificate are ready for pick-up!
That's all for today. Thank you for reading, see you next time!
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