It is important to remember that your DIMEX needs to be renewed. Those who have received their residency must renew their DIMEX (Identification Document for Foreigners). It must be renewed within 30 days after expiration, or there is a fine of $3 per month. It is important to understand that the residency can be canceled when the DIMEX is not renewed within the three months after its expiration.

If the resident was out of the country for more than a year, they must file a letter with DGME explaining the reason for the prolonged absence and provide an updated criminal background check from the country they have been living.

As a reminder, temporary residents that are outside of Costa Rica for more than two years, or permanent residents for more than four years, can have their residence canceled by DGME.

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